My goddaughter is now 22, but I remember when she was going through HS and how just plain stupid some of her friends were. For all the sex education these kids receive, they are still as dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to what sex actually is and what the possible consequences are.
They teach the mechanics in public school, but they do not spend nearly enough time on the emotional consequences (especially for the girls) and the risk factors. She knows more than one girl who has ended up with HPV, not to mention the emotional disasters that have occured from girls giving themselves away and then being tossed aside once the boy got what he wanted.
Families can, and do fill in the blanks for many kids, but there are far too many whose families are either not interested enough or otherwise incapable of providing the kind of moral education and emotional support that will keep girls from seeking “love” elsewhere.
I’m all for sex education, but it needs to be broader based. You can’t just tell them about Slot A going into Slot B. You have to teach abstinence as the best way to avoid ALL the negative consequences, but you have to tell them ALL the negative consequences so they really know what risks they are facing.