Why do we sometimes confuse providing information about a subject with promotion of undesirable behavior?
Surely it is obvious that educating children and adolescents appropriately about guns, drugs, finance, alcohol, driving or family dynamics is not advocacy for gun violence, illicit drug use, indebtedness, intoxication, reckless driving or divorce. Ignorance about these subjects can certainly contribute to those undesirable consequences, however.
Unfortunately, some in our community continue to believe that education about sexuality will promote undesirable outcomes. Sex education has been so confused with sex advocacy that some parents believe any formal education on this subject will produce socially unacceptable, illegal, anti-religious or disease-promoting personal behaviors.
In reality, information about human sexuality (including reproductive physiology, sexually transmitted diseases and psychological issues related to sexual behavior) can dispel dangerous myths, reduce abuse and prevent illnesses. Human sexuality education is the basis for decreasing, not causing, pernicious sex-related behaviors.