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  1. Introduction
  2. Teenage pregnancy as problem
  3. Different approaches to the teaching of sexual education
  4. British government's role in sex education
  5. Increasing sexual awareness by schools
  6. The role of parents in reducing teenage pregnancy
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

Every year, hundreds of thousands of American teenage girls become pregnant. According to the Guttmacher Institute (2006), a private research company in the field of teenage pregnancy studies, 821,810 teen girls, ages 15-19, became pregnant in the year 2000, and many more may occur, only not reported. Teenage pregnancy rates may be at the lowest point in the last ten years, but the problem still exists. Since a large number of girls are becoming pregnant every year, the programs that are supposed to be instilling lessons on how to prevent teen pregnancy, are in fact, actually not strong enough to prevent them. It takes two for the conception of a child, which means not only are the sexual education programs failing the 800,000 females a year, but also at least 800,000 males. Even though there are still large numbers of girls becoming pregnant, sexual education is very important in decreasing the number of teenage pregnancies.

[...] Because the parents are the first teachers of children and have the ability to start the children off with a view of sexuality that will foster a healthy sex life, they can be the ultimate defense in keeping teens from becoming pregnant. Works Cited Allen, Colin. "Absentee Fathers and Teen Pregnancy." Psychology Today 2764 (2003). Berman, Laura, Ph.D. "Teaching Your Kids Sex Ed." Yahoo Health July 2007. Berman Center Dec . Dowshen, MD, Steven. "Questions & Answers About Sex." KidsHealth. [...]

[...] Children at an early age of three or four will not understand the same material that a fourteen year old would understand. For example, if a young child were to ask about where babies come from, the parents say that when a man and a woman love each other, they like to be close to one another. Tell them that the man's sperm joins the woman's egg and then the baby begins to grow? (Dowshen). On the other hand, the fourteen year old should get the more detailed explanation of the process of sexual intercourse. [...]

[...] Laura Berman, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, a sex educator and therapist for 20 years, and considered by her peers to be a thought leader in her field, points out that ?children are inherently curious about their bodies and their anatomy, and kindergartners in particular are perhaps the most curious of the bunch? (2007). She also points out that ?kids attempt [to play] the "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours" game [and] they realize that there is something different and special about their bodies? (Berman). [...]

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