After decades of researching the effects that the sexual revolution had on society, we now know that sex education has just as much relevance in history, sociology and economics classes, as it does in health classes.

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  • 750,000 teenage girls get pregnant every year.
  • 84% of teen mothers are left to raise their children on their own.
  • 20 million people are infected with an STD each year (9,000 teens per day).
  • 1 in 4 sexually active teens is infected with an STD.
  • HPV, the most contagious STD, is the cause of nearly all cases of cervical cancer in women.
  • Every 9 1/2 minutes in the US, someone is infected with HIV.
  • Sexually active teens are more likely than their peers to experiment with drugs and alcohol, drop out of school, and experience thoughts of suicide.

History & Sociology

  • There are 25 major STD’s today. There were only 2 in the 60’s.
  • Pregnancy has become the leading cause of hospitalization for teenage girls in America.
  • In 1960, approx. 80% of children lived in homes with both their mothers and fathers.
  • Today, 42% of American children are born to unwed mothers (3)
  • Father Absence has become a leading indicator for poverty in america (3)
  • The divorce rate doubled in America from 1960 to 1980. Today, approximately 52% of marriages end in divorce.

Economics

  • Between 1991 and 2008 there have been approximately 336,802 teen births in Ohio, costing taxpayers a total of $9.1 billion over that period(2).
  • Father absence cost American taxpayers approximately 100 billion dollars per year (3).

Here’s a sobering thought… Within the next 10 short years, many of today’s high school freshmen will be in their mid-twenties and starting families. The degree of success or failure that they will experience in the future will be determined by whether they choose to “practice” for success or failure between now and then.
The fact is, out-of wedlock childbirth is the best way into poverty, and marriage is the best way to avoid it. Unfortunately, while 91% of High School Seniors report that having a good marriage and family life is either “Quite” or “Extremely” important,and expect to be married for the same person for life, the pathway to getting their is riddled with false information and confusing cultural cues.

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  • Television and movies are among the leading sources of information about sex and relationships for adolescents
  • Eight- to eighteen-year-olds spend more time with media than in any other activity besides sleeping (53 hrs. per week) (5)
  • Sexual content in movies has been linked to teen sexual activity (6)
  • A content analysis of 1,154 programs representative of the content airing between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on 10 channels in the 2004-2005 television season found that 70 percent of programs contained sexual content. Among those with such content, there were an average of five scenes with sex in each hour of programming(4).
  • The majority of high school seniors feel it is acceptable to cohabit before marriage. The major reason supporting premarital cohabitation is that it enables the couple to get know each better and to see whether they get along well enough to embark on marriage. However, counter-intuitively, many studies have found that premarital cohabitation is associated with increased risk of divorce, a lower quality of marriage, poorer marital communication, and higher levels of domestic violence (1)
References
  1. “Monitoring the Future” surveys conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan;
  2. The NationalCampaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  3. National Fatherhood Initiative;
  4. Influence of New Media on Adolescent Sexual Health: Evidence and Opportunities REBECCA L. COLLINS, STEVEN C. MARTINO, REBECCA SHAW, 2011
  5. “GENERATION M2”: Media in the lives of 8-18 year olds, Kaiser Family Foundation Study, 2010; 6. Ross O’Hara, Psychological Sciences, 2010