When it comes to an issue like sex education, do you really know what your parents think? A lot of teens assume that their parents are more conservative on this issue than they actually are. But despite what you might think, the majority of parents support real sex education for teens.
Studies have been finding this for years, but the most recent one to confirm this just came out of Washington D.C, a city with a very high teen pregnancy rate and the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in ANY American city.
The study was done by Metro Teen AIDS and Healthy Youth DC. It found that in Washington D.C. a whopping 93% of parents support comprehensive sex education!
It also found that, "Almost all parents (96.5%) believe that sex education should occur before youth are sexually active. Local data from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that 30.6% of students in middle school stated that they have already had sex and 10.0% said they first had sex before
the age of 11."
Sometimes politicians opposed to comprehensive sex education try to make it seem like they are simply trying to reflect the values of the general public. In reality, what this study (and others) has found is that the generally public generally wants you to know the facts.
Have you ever talked to your parents about sex ed? I'm curious to know their thoughts.