TITLE: If Only My Mom or Someone Had Told Me? 21(c)
By gene hudgens
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Effective education of teens includes effective sex education.
It’s important for all of us to make plans, so we can have a better future…and this definitely includes teens.
Likely the two most important subject areas are insuring that you obtain a good sound formal education and care of your present and future health. Think about this! Almost everything in our future depends on success in these two areas.
Naturally the ideal situation is when we do everything correctly and properly from the beginning, but since none of us are perfect it’s not likely that we have accomplished this. Therefore it’s better to begin late than not to begin at all making plans for our future. We all need to do this.
Every day of our lives we wake up to a new day with new thoughts, desires, dreams, and even concerns or fears. We all have dreams, but dreams alone won’t insure that we achieve our desires. It normally takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice to see our lives bloom like a beautiful flower garden. Wake up each morning feeling that today is the first day of the rest of our lives.
When we are sincerely dedicated to controlling our lives and achieving our goals, we can normally succeed, especially today; especially in America. No one should ever be so naïve as to believe in fairy tales. Life is reality and not fairy land. We just can’t wait around to see what others will give or how much they will give us. A wise person just can’t wait for anything in life. We must set our minds to work hard for everything we want.
’Old Sayings’ became “old” sayings, because they are good sayings. So it’s reasonable to say that young people don’t initiate many old sayings, because of youth and lack of experiences. But a wise young person will seek advice from wise adults. Some parents are wiser than others, but most parents want only the best for their children. So it’s normally worth while to listen to and evaluate advice that parents, teachers, and doctors offer.
One of the first bits of advice I received from my parents was the necessity of being careful. “Don’t run across the street before insuring that it’s safe to do so. Don’t jump into a pool of water before carefully checking out the pool of water. Don’t ever get into an automobile that is being driven by a person that has had even one drink of alcohol. Don’t get into a car with a stranger.”
My younger sister was advised from age eight to never answer a single question asked by a stranger that is driving a car. Later she was advised to never get into a car alone if there are two or more boys in the car. Later she was advised to double-date a few times until she got to know her new friend very well; and then to insure that her best friend and Mom knew who she was with and where they planned to go…and what time she would be home.
My wife and I passed on this good advice to our daughter; plus a lot of additional advice, because things have got so much more dangerous since we were teens.
Today our daughter finds that teen life is much more dangerous than when she was a teen. She spends a lot more time talking with and advising her daughter than she spent listening to us.
Sex education is a health issue. When my wife was a teen and when our daughter was a teen they naturally received some sex education. But today it is very dangerous when parents and schools don’t teach effective sex education. Unfortunately teens today do not receive ’effective sex education’. To be blunt, “Effective sex education does not exist in America. If it did America would not hold the infamous title of having the most ’unplanned teen pregnancies’ of any industrial nation in the world. This is stupidly sad.
America has spent about $1.5 billion on abstinence-only until-marriage programs of sex education since 1996. In 2006 the teen birth rate in the U.S. increased for the first time in 14 years and STDs are at an epidemic high. Abstinence-only sex education is a flop, because it is against human-nature.
Today teens find their daily environment is in the middle of a spiraling epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Most teens are aware that HIV/AIDS can kill, but few teens are aware of how serious Chlamydia and the Human Papilloma viruses (HPV) are. There is no cure for HPV, yet it is one of the most common STDs. Some types of HPV cause cervical cancer. Condoms can prevent pregnancy, but can not guarantee protection against HPV and genital herpes. So a wise person can clearly see that sex education is a health issue.
It’s common knowledge that there is a vaccine for cervical cancer. The vaccine offers protection from the virus responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer strikes young women (teens), can prevent future fertility… and is a leading cause of cancer death among women. This vaccine is recommended as part of the official childhood immunization schedule and is recommended for girls ages 9-12, so that a girl’s immune system can be activated while she is young and before she is likely to be exposed to HPV.
KNOCK KNOCK! Guess what? There is resistance among religious groups to the use of this vaccine, because “they” feel that this protection will encourage teens to have sex. Wake-up America! Teens are more educated today than ever before and are more likely to accept GOOD advice and avoid stupid advice. Sex education is a parent’s responsibility. It is ignorance that causes young girls problems…not education.
Sex is big-stuff in the news, advertising and entertainment. No parent can hide the subject from children and teens. The important issue is to insure that every child gets effective education and protection from parents and not ineffective and false information from someone else.
A wise parent (and federal government) will afford necessary advice and education to all teens in an effort to foster responsible sexual behavior…and never attempt to dictate how a child or teen will feel about sexual issues. A wise person can clearly see that the statistics show how teens feel… that a parent’s “personal” religious beliefs or “personal” beliefs are… “just that!”
Most certainly abstinence is the only 100% safe sex. But what good does this fact do if it is unaccepted by children and teens…and it is definitely not being accepted. Sexual intercourse is stupid sex for children…which it is. It is best to keep sexual intercourse for marriage…and this is true. The second strongest human desire is the need for sexual satisfaction…and our God the Creator instilled this desire in every human…and God is Perfect. To argue this is to attack human nature and the Will of God…and this isn’t smart. Humans and organized religion have forever (for no wise reason) violently opposed and attacked the act of masturbation…why? Masturbation is the logical alternative to sexual intercourse, while offering all of the satisfaction of climaxing. It is 100% satisfying and 100% safe (no unwanted pregnancies and no diseases) and is 100% sex…and is not against any law of God.
Yes, I know…enough health advice dealing with sex. Don’t miss the next article that will deal with the important issue of “overall” education© Gene Hudgens
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