Which Countries Have The Best Sex Education?

Which Countries Have The Best Sex Education?

October 1, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


The United States has one of the highest teenage
birth rates amongst other industrialized nations. And some have blamed the US’s more conservative
methods of sexual education. So, we wanted to know, why is the US so far behind? Well, according to the most recent World Bank
data, which measures teen births from girls aged 15 to 19, Europe has most of the world’s
lowest teen birth rates. Frontrunner countries like Italy, Germany, and Switzerland reported
rates below 4 teen births per thousand people. Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Denmark and
Belgium also had low rates – just 5 or 6 teen births per thousand people. Overall, European
countries tend to have less than 20 teen births per thousand. Why? Well, Europe’s low teen birth rate
has been partially attributed to their progressive sexual education. One researcher found that
in the Netherlands, parents and teachers focus less on the “dangers of sex”, and more
on the normal, positive aspects. Dutch teenagers are therefore less likely to be secretive
and misinformed about their first sexual experiences. Other northern European countries in particular,
hold that young people are still “rights holders”, and are entitled to correct and
comprehensive sex education. The US, by contrast, has one of the highest
teenage birth rates of all the developed nations – around 30 teen births per thousand. Many
believe that this high rate has to do with their more repressive views towards teen sex.
In southern states especially, they teach abstinence-only sexual education, which leaves
out key details about pregnancy and diseases. United Nations reports have noted that this
kind of education can backfire, and contribute to more risky sexual behavior. The US also
has a generally more negative attitude towards sex, highlighting the “dangers” and the
risks associated with it instead of the benefits of a healthy, intimate relationship. So does sex ed make a difference? Well, there
certainly seems to be a positive correlation between comprehensive sex ed and low teen
birth rates. However, not all countries follow this pattern, and many scholars still disagree
on the best method to decrease teen births. Some United Nations officials maintain that,
although the rates of teen sex are unlikely to change, the safety of teen sex can be significantly
improved with sexual education. When it comes to Sex education, Germany is
miles ahead of the United States. To learn just how successful their program is, check
out the story from Seeker here. There’s a link to that video in the description if
you’re on your phone. Thanks for watching TestTube!