I'm 17 years old and finishing my senior year in Wisconsin. I moved away from Colorado Springs after my freshman year at Doherty. All I can say is that I am shocked and disappointed that D-11 hadn't had a proper sex education curriculum in place. I'm glad that I moved, in this situation, because it was a huge eye-opener. In Wisconsin, we learned about it in the classroom. We had some great teachers who did their best to teach us and connect with us. They were level-headed adults. They realize that teenagers are going to have sex whether you tell them about it or not. If teenagers decide they want to have sex, they're not going to think to themselves, "Well, I don't know how it all works. I guess I just won't do it". No, in fact, they'll likely do something stupid like wait for the parents to leave and have unprotected sex. In fact, that's precisely what happened to my younger sister. My parents are divorced and she received a very poor sex education in a bible-thumping state. She had unprotected sex at age 14. Luckily, she didn't get pregnant, but what if she had? That's not what she was thinking about. She just wanted to do it. If they had received a proper education, maybe she would have insisted that he use a condom.
Many of these adults that like to toot their moral horn have no idea. They need to be realistic. Teens will have sex. These adults shouldn't pretend like these teens don't know what sex is. They need to face the facts; a good sex education class will keep teen pregnancy to a minimum.
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