Curb teen pregnancy rate with sex ed
For our F.A.D. class (Fundamentals of American Democracy) in Basalt High School, we were required to find a problem and to come up with a public policy that could help improve this issue. Our group chose to pick a problem that most people aren’t aware of – teen pregnancy.
The teen pregnancy rates have rapidly started to climb after years of slowly decreasing. Most people are totally unaware about how big of an issue this is. According to thenationalcampaign.org, one-third of girls in the United States get pregnant at least once by the age of 20.
We chose three policies out of many that we thought were best to prevent teen pregnancies: providing birth control contraceptives in our high school, providing a sex education class in school, and having sex ed programs in the community. The policy we chose to act on that we thought would best lower teen pregnancy rates was providing an optional sex education class in high school.
Providing a sex education class in high school may be against some religious beliefs or parents’ wishes; therefore, this class would be made optional. Through all our years in Basalt schools, we have received minimal knowledge on sex education. Like us, many other teenagers would be pleased just to have the opportunity to learn more about safe sex and preventing unplanned pregnancies and diseases. For any more information or concerns, contact us at email@example.com.
Kira Selucky and Nelly Sanchez
Students, Basalt High School
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