AAP based these guidelines on research that shows access to condoms does not increase sexual activity but does increase condom use, as well as research showing how well condoms can prevent sexually transmitted diseases STDs. A poll conducted by KSAT. The comments opposing condoms in school seem to make two basic arguments: Here are some sample opinions:
Introduction The issue of sex education has long been a controversial one. The two basic types of sex education in the United States are abstinence-only and comprehensive. Providing condoms in schools is a much debated aspect of some comprehensive programs. Both types of education seek to diminish the growing rate of these problems among adolescents.
Advocates of either program have strong opinions on having condoms available to students in school. This issue of condoms in schools is a growing concern because of increasing rates of sexual behavior, earlier onset of sexual activity, teenage pregnancy, and the spreading of STDs and HIV.
Fifty-three percent of high school students in the US reported having had sexual intercourse, thirty-eight percent in the past three months. Forty-seven percent failed to use a condom. Court Decisions Just how concerned are parents and school administrators? There has been much debate on this topic and one website, http: Other statutes made compromises, such as allowing availability of condoms, but also allowing parents to request their child not be able to receive condoms.
While some of these statutes against availability were passed, others were denied. The responsibility currently resides primarily with the individual school districts.
Basic Pros and Cons An online debate topic database, outlines the argument for and against condom availability in schools http: Some positive aspects of providing condoms included that providing condoms could reduce incidence of unwanted, teenage pregnancy and the spread of STDs.
It is a wise investment by the government to supply condoms for schools in that it is very expensive to address problems created by irresponsible sexual behaviors.
This website also mentioned that providing condoms empowers women in that historically, women have suffered from restrictive reproduction regulations.
Condom availability would also make condom use the norm and decrease the negotiation necessary to get a partner to use a condom.
This website also presented the downside of providing condoms. Just as a pro side of condom availability is that condom use will become the norm, a con side of the argument is that sexual activity in general will become the norm.
Adolescent sexual activity will be expected, and peer pressure to engage in sexual behavior would increase. Finally, the website considers the relative ineffectiveness of condoms, especially when used improperly, as is commonly done by those inexperienced, or young.
Other Arguments Against Condom Availability in Schools Much of the argument against condom availability in schools you can find on the web is of moral or religious nature.
One website, explained many ways in which religious groups, along with the medical community are involved in issues of sex education http: It states that abstinence can be included in the curricula, be the focus of the curricula along with a comprehensive overview, or could also include information about contraceptive methods.
These programs do not include condoms because they believe they encourage sexual activity. Pat Robertson, a founder of a Christian Coalition discusses his view: The school authorities are putting the entire weight of the government in favor of more premarital sex…That is the absolute game plan of the ultra-liberal radical left.
They have a game plan to desensitize children to this entire thing…They say, do everything you can do, everything you can possibly get away with, boys with boys, boys with girls, girls with girls, girls with boys, whatever, as much as you can, and if you have a baby, kill it.
It is the most bizarre thing. But the goal is to undermine society. Yet another statement of this opinion and fervor is presented by Dr.
Simonds, founder of Citizens for Excellence in Education:Condom Conundrum: Should Condoms be Available in Schools? Michelle Reising. Date: 11/16/ Introduction. The issue of sex education has long been a controversial one. In 98 percent of schools with condom availability programs, students may receive counseling.
In 49 percent of the schools, counseling is mandatory for condom receipt. 14 Counseling commonly includes information on abstinence, instruction on proper storage and use of condoms, and, in some schools, a demonstration on using condoms.
Across the United States, schools and school districts have been establishing condom availability programs in response to fears about HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy among teenagers.
While some districts have considered such programs and decided against them,1 by early , at least schools in 50 school . Schools teach against underage sexual activity!
And by giving out condoms in school that would just be supporting it. Plus, if someone doesn't want to use a condom, just because their school provides it doesn't mean they're necessarily going to take use of it.
Condoms in schools would encourage sex and so increase STD risks. I feel that if condoms in schools could in fact increase the incidence of venerial disease as it could spread the information to the younger students still not achieved puberty.
For example, one study presents three ways in which schools can make obtaining condoms easier in these availability programs, including making obtaining condoms more private, eliminating or reducing the cost of condoms, and increasing physical accessibility to condoms (Brown, Pennylegion, & Hillard, ).