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  • Horyna commented on the post, Letter to AOC

    Dear Denieris,
    I love this piece and the way you wrote it! I have always wanted to write a personal or an open letter to my representatives and other legislators. Also, I am a huge fan of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! I was not aware that AOC had made these inspiring comments prior to reading your open letter and I couldn’t agree more with…Read More

  • Horyna commented on the post, The unique class of 2020

    Hi Alysa,
    As a fellow senior at Judge, I have been experiencing a lot of the same emotions. I am not someone who loved high school by any means, I have actually been quite eager to leave, but the abrupt ending was not how I wanted it to happen. I too have been plagued with the nagging “what ifs?” about when this is going to end and what our…Read More

  • Hey Alex, I think that the student loan debt crisis is such a fascinating and important issue. Especially since I am going to college next year, student loans and the expenses of college have been plaguing my mind. I had not previously considered the emotional tolls being in debt can take on college students. It is extremely disheartening that…Read More

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    Coles, Adrienne D. “Abstinence Education Growing in Popularity.” Education Week, vol. 20, no. 5, Oct. 2000, p. 5. EBSCOhost, searc

    Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah Pt.3

    Coles, Adrienne D. “Abstinence Education Growing in Popularity.” Education Week, vol. 20, no. 5, Oct. 2000, p. 5. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=3654656&site=ehost-live. This source comments on the popularity of abstience-based sex education in the United States, but it is evident that the author is...

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    • Amaia,

      Your post was very interesting to me as it is an issue that directly affects the youths in our community. This is a perspective that has been brought up at Judge Memorial before with the Chasity guess speaker. However, I agree with your viewpoint that is is unrealistic. I especially agree with the part where you say ” The abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught. Abstinence is a limited, but effective strategy until young adults start engaging in sexual activity with little knowledge of safe sex practices and contraceptive methods.” Here is an article that you might enjoy: https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-016-0911-2. I hope to read more from you soon.

    • Hey Amaia,
      I think this is super interesting because you and your new source are both 100% correct, abstinence teachings or beliefs are not an issue in a society where all are entitled to their own beliefs, the issue come from forcing beliefs on others and not providing options. I think this a prevalent misconception about issues in a society where when only one option is presented, people respond by wanting more than one to choose from, even if they end up choosing the original option. This is a common argument used on the Pro-Life, Pro-Choice debates, as the Pro-Choice side just wishes for more options even if they end up choosing life. Great source! I can’t wait to see where this research takes you, especially in Utah!
      -erica s.

    • Amaia,

      I am very interested to see where the rest of your research takes you because this is intriguing. I think this is such an important topic that should be discussed more openly in schools, especially high school. I feel like sex education is not talked about nearly enough in order to make a difference. I agree with you when you say that “abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught.” Schools should prioritized sex education a lot more in health classes in order for kids and teenagers to know how to be safe.

      Thanks for speaking about this!
      Kaitlyn

    • Hey Amaia,
      This is a very important topic for teenagers. I agree with “abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught.” We teach young people to treat them properly, how to protect themselves, and to respect the religious beliefs and ideas of others.
      This article might interest you https://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and- teachers / Why-sexuality-education-is-important

    • Amaia,
      Your post was very interesting to read and I agree with you that the “abstinence-based programs are unrealistic in regard to expecting kids to wait until marriage to engage in sexual activity.” We are so caught up on the idea of abstinence that we are never really taught the proper sex education needed. Heres an article you might like: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3194801/

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    The following sources are about sex education programs around the United States and include information about how we can view sex education more holistically. Although none of these sources pertain to

    Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah Pt. 2

    The following sources are about sex education programs around the United States and include information about how we can view sex education more holistically. Although none of these sources pertain to Utah sex education programs specifically, they provide relevant...

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    • I liked reading about all the different places and how they approach sex education. “They still promote abstinence as a contraception method, however, they teach students about other contraceptives available like birth control, condoms, Plan B, etc.” is something that I have been exposed to at school and I think it’s better than straight abstinence. I really like this topic and am excited to see more.

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