Date of Award
Professor Paula Gerstenblatt
The modern sexual climate of the Unites States often contradicts the moral values taught to young people in sexual education classes in the public school system. Studies have shown that the traditional “abstinence only” method, which was made popular during the 1990’s, was ineffective in the prevention of young pregnancy and the reduction in sexually transmitted diseases (Schwarz, 2007). Teenagers are increasingly exposed to more sexualized content through a variety of media; however, this often contradicts the messages they receive in schools, particularly the “abstinence only” educational model.
Nevins, Grace and Johnston, Michael, "The Student Experience of Sexual Education in Maine Public Schools" (2017). Thinking Matters. 70.