Sex Education is always a hot topic. Michigan, like many other states, use abstinence- based sex education to teach middle and high school students about sexual health. MDHC’s Michigan Abstinence Program (MAP) gives guidelines of sex education, the objective, and the ultimate goal of the implementation of the program.
If you could create a sexual health program for your community…what would it look like?
I’ll wait while you brainstorm….
Okay, now that you have thought through it a little, here’s the goal and a little snippet of the guidelines and objectives for MAP*:
To increase the number of youth ages 12-18 (up to 21 years for special education populations) who abstain from sexual activity and other related risky behaviors.
Are the needs of MAP the same guidelines and needs that you would want for the community? What would you add or take away from this list?
Federal abstinence guidelines:
What do you think about the MAP program? Where does comprehensive sex education fit into this program? And do you think methods of contraception should be taught to youth ages 12 to 18 years of age? Why or Why not?
*Note: for the complete outline of the guidelines and objectives please see the Michigan Department of Community Health website.
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