A recent study from Georgetown University shows that starting sex ed in primary school helps avoid unintended pregnancies, maternal deaths, unsafe abortions and STDs.
Proponents of the Dutch model argue that their approach extends beyond those risks.
There are multiple factors that likely contribute to these numbers. Condoms, for example, are available in vending machines, and the birth control pill is free for anyone under age 21.
But there’s also a growing body of research that specifically credits comprehensive sexuality education.
“We have to help young people navigate all the choices they face and stand up for themselves in all situations, sexual and otherwise,” said Robert van der Gaag, a health promotion official at Central Holland’s regional public health center.
‘Little butterflies in my stomach’ That’s why you’ll find teachers discussing the difference between liking someone (as a friend) and liking someone.
There’s even a lesson on dating during which a teacher talked about how to break up with someone in a decent way: “Please, do not do it via text message,” the teacher said.
After elementary school, these students will likely go on to receive lessons from a widely-used curriculum called Long Live Love. S., adults tend to view young people as these bundles of exploding hormones.
By comparison, 66 percent of sexually active American teens surveyed said they wished that they had waited longer to have sex for the first time.In the Netherlands, there’s a strong belief that young people can be in love and in relationships,” says Amy Schalet, an American sociologist who was raised in the Netherlands and now studies cultural attitudes towards adolescent sexuality, with a focus on these two countries.“If you see love and relationships as the anchor for sex, then it’s much easier to talk about it with a child,” Schalet says. The 33-year-old posted the joyous announcement on her Instagram earlier today.And not only did we get treated to the baby news, but also fans of the Southern belle got a rare glimpse of Cameran's camera-shy husband, Jason Wimberly. The announcement photo shows Cameran and Jason standing next to each other on what appears to be a dock.