Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Abstinence until Marriage

Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Abstinence until Marriage

The question of how best to teach the subject of sexuality to the next generation is one of the most critical issues in education and public policy today. The two predominant approaches to teaching and learning about sexuality up for debate comprehensive sex education or abstinence until marriage summed up as follows:

The educational focus of the comprehensive sex education model is on the transmission of technical prevention skills and techniques so that adolescents can perform as “rational decision-makers” prior to each sexual encounter. Divorced sex from its natural moral, social, emotional and cognitive integration in human nature and reduced to biological instinct.

The educational focus of the abstinence until marriage model is on teaching young people a rationale for saving sex for marriage that helps them understand, internalize and practice healthy relationship skills prior to marriage.