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The Sciences

Sex In The Classroom

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumSeptember 6, 2008 9:06 PM


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A 2001 Unicef report said that the United States teenage birthrate was higher than any other member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. tied Hungary for the most abortions. This was in spite of the fact that girls in the U.S. were not the most sexually active. Denmark held that title. But, its teenage birthrate was one-sixth of ours, and its teenage abortion rate was half of ours.

Look, teens everywhere are dealing with a cocktail of hormones and emotions, a changing physique, and a myriad of social pressures. And yes, many are going to have sex. Thing is, abstinence-until-marriage education leaves out some important details about health and safety, so let's make sure our kids are well informed. Early. [Click here to view full table]


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