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ERIC Number: EJ837252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1554-6128
Whispers in the Walls: Unspoken Words in the Public School Fortress
Barton, Colleen
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v2 n1 p21-37 Mar 2007
Teenage pregnancy is not a new issue, and though policymakers have made token efforts toward curtailing the problem, current preventative and support programs have little effect. Their failure can be attributed to an institutional refusal to acknowledge teenagers as sexual beings, thus limiting the scope of sex education curricula. Abstinence-only approaches shame students into silence, and clarifying questions never get asked or answered, leaving sexually active students with little accurate knowledge. Several programs have had a positive effect, but by and large, school administrators have ignored them. It is only through a careful and complete analysis of both types of programs that we will be able to design and implement a realistic program that will enable students to make responsible decisions before and after engaging in sexual activity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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