American Sex Education
Finally, we have an American president who is looking for ways to improve sex education. The Obama administration just announced it is going to increase funding by $114 million to provenly effective sex education programs. This means cash for programs that comprehensively educate students and young adults about the many risks of sex and ways to reduce these risks during sexual activity.
Educating people about sex is not an easy task though. In fact, in my recent survey of sex education effectiveness, parents, schools and the mass media all have average effectiveness scores of less than 2.5 out of 5 points. Clearly American sex education leaves a lot to be desired–regardless of who is doing the teaching.
One way to monitor the effectiveness of American sex education is to examine the unintended teen pregnancy rate compared to other industrialized nations. The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any developed nation. Scarily, almost one third of all females get pregnant before their 20th birthday and over 80% of these pregnancies are unintended. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the American version of sex education gets a big fat F for failure–or lack of financial effort.
Teen pregnancies cost taxpayers over nine BILLION dollars a year–making the $114 million hand-out downright pathetic. Hopefully someday we Americans will value sex education the way we value big business and military supremacy. For our failure to teach people about sex is just as expensive as losing a war–only the biggest losers of this war are our own sons and daughters who are unprepared to handle the complexities and responsibilities of their own sexuality.
So thank you Obama & Company for putting more money towards American sex education than the previous administration. Unfortunately, $114 million just isn’t going to cut it.