Sexuality education is highly recommended
As professionals who work with young people in the area of sexuality education, we are writing in response to the article regarding the Peters Township School District sex education curriculum "Peters Township parents infuriated over sex education" April 18, South.
Many schools are reluctant to include comprehensive sexuality education in their curriculum, so we applaud Peters Township for moving in the right direction. Adagio Health has long been invested in the lives of young people here in Western Pennsylvania, and we have had occasion to partner with the Academy for Adolescent Health. We have the utmost respect for the academy's commitment to the health and well-being of children.
Groups including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics support responsible, comprehensive sexuality education. There are numerous studies showing that keeping young people uninformed about sexuality doesn't prevent them from having sex nor does providing them with information about reproductive health promote promiscuity.
Adagio Health's Community Education program provides comprehensive evidence-based sexuality education as well as skill-building for healthy lifestyles. We firmly believe that thorough and accurate education is needed as part of a long-term strategy to address issues such as pregnancy and STDs among young people. Knowledge empowers individuals to make informed, healthy decisions and helps to create strong families and a strong society.
RICHARD L. BAIRD JR.
The writer is president/CEO of Adagio Health, located Downtown.
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