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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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    There is an issue with current policies surrounding sex education in Utah. The programs in themselves are not comprehensive and neglect factual and scientific information relating to sexual activity and sexual

    Abstinence-Based Sex Education in Utah

    There is an issue with current policies surrounding sex education in Utah. The programs in themselves are not comprehensive and neglect factual and scientific information relating to sexual activity and sexual health. The following sources have assisted me in...

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    • I really enjoyed this post! You have a good amount of sources to back you up and you make some great points. Teaching kids abstinence will not teach kids about safe sex at all, it only confuses them more!

    • Good post. Religion and important subjects such as these should not be mixed together.

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    Sex trafficking is an increasingly prominent issue in the United States. The rise of social media usage has led to an increase in internet predators; consequently, more and more young women and men have fallen

    Stopping Sex Trafficking at the Truck Stop

    Sex trafficking is an increasingly prominent issue in the United States. The rise of social media usage has led to an increase in internet predators; consequently, more and more young women and men have fallen victim to sex traffickers....

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    • Amaia–

      This is so well written! It is clear that you took the time to research what you were talking about, and able to source reputable sources that help the reader gain clear insight about the topic! I think that its also crucial too ick a topic that is a pressing issue, and has solutions that are beginning to be implemented to solve the issue! Heres an article that may help address and implement possible solutions to this increasingly pressing issue. (https://www.trucker.com/drivers/article/21746688/how-truckers-can-stop-human-trafficking)

      Great job, I can’t wait to see what more you have on this subject!

    • Amaia,

      This is a very important discussion and I am glad that you took the time to research and post this so more people, including myself, can learn more about it. Your research and sources gave you really good information, and it shows with how well this is written and supported. I learned more about sex trafficking. Do you know if there are any other “hot spots” where sex trafficking rates are more popular (for lack of a better word)? It is really important that more people know about this topic because of how prominent it is becoming in the United States, so keep researching and discussing this topic!

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    Some argue that Abstinence Education programs are good for students as they highlight the benefits of abstinence. They argue that teens practice abstinence report being happier and more engaged in their

    Opposing Viewpoints on Sex Education

    Some argue that Abstinence Education programs are good for students as they highlight the benefits of abstinence. They argue that teens practice abstinence report being happier and more engaged in their academics. Additionally, this source reflects on a study...

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    I am a senior at Judge Memorial and the editor-in-chief of our student-led newspaper, Bulldog Press. I joined BDP as a sophomore because I have always been drawn to journalism as I love to read and tell stories.

    Amaia's Journalist Bio

    I am a senior at Judge Memorial and the editor-in-chief of our student-led newspaper, Bulldog Press. I joined BDP as a sophomore because I have always been drawn to journalism as I love to read and tell stories. Moreover,...

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    • Dear Amaia:

      I am intrigued by your post “Amaia’s Journalist Bio” because of your determination to write real, raw, and topical stories covering societal issues. I believe that we as high school journalists often get lost in writing about what’s happening immediately around us (that new teacher, a club’s service project, or a win in a sporting event). And though those stories are all important to cover, we oftentimes forget to also unpack those large, pressing societal issues.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I still have a long way to go before I am the writer I one day hope to be, however, I make an effort to improve every day. ” I think this is awesome because even though you are an editor-in-chief, I can see that you are humble and committed to continuing to grow as a writer and an editor. It believe that it’s so so so important to never stop learning, and I love seeing that you value that as well!

      Another part of your piece that I noticed was your interest in writing out of the box STEM oriented stories. Getting published by PBS Newshour is a huge accomplishment! I took a look at your “Spider Goats” story and learned a lot about genetic engineering and the study of spiders silk!

      Have you seen this scientific advancement that is working to cure cancer using programmed “nanobodies”?
      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/science/cancer-bacteria-immune-system.html As you have an interest in the STEM field and a passion for learning about new scientific advancements, I thought I’d link it here for you!

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of your desire to write about important societal issues! I’m excited to see the unique and impactful stories that you post this coming year!

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    I am extremely interested in the student debt crisis that currently plagues college graduates. As I apply to colleges, I cannot help but notice their astronomically high price tags. Throughout my lifetime,

    The Discriminatory Student Debt Crisis

    I am extremely interested in the student debt crisis that currently plagues college graduates. As I apply to colleges, I cannot help but notice their astronomically high price tags. Throughout my lifetime, tuition prices have been increasing and financial...

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