Are you ready for some absolutely shocking news about sexuality and teens? Can you handle it?
Comprehensive sex education that includes discussion of birth control may help reduce teen pregnancies, while abstinence-only programs seem to fall short, the results of a U.S. survey suggest.
Abstinence was mildly effective in one instance…
The study found that teens who’d been through abstinence-only programs were less likely than those who’d received no sex ed to have been pregnant. However, the difference was not significant in statistical terms, which means the finding could have been due to chance
Just to clarify… apparently teaching teens nothing about sex is rather ineffective and telling them not to do it is only slightly more effective. Imagine that? Turns out that teens have sex!!!!! And young women who have sex and have had no or little exposure to sex education get pregnant! Could anybody have ever anticipated these results?
And further sex education does not actually force teens to go out and have sex as the right would have you believe. Apparently the right believes teens never even thought about sex until that depraved liberal teacher put the evil, nasty thoughts in their minds. Maybe the right has sex education and porn confused? Learning what happens when tab a goes into slot b isn’t exactly the same as watching a guy go wild with a Real life-size sex doll, one might think If my own exposure to sex education in the middle school years is any example, I got the impression they were trying to make it as boring and clinical in order to induce teen boredom. I hope the states that actually teach it still aren’t using that approach as teens can tell that sexual engagements that they so often view on somewhere like pornv.xxx and other porn websites, are not in fact boring.
In addition, there was no evidence that comprehensive sex education increased the likelihood of teen sex or boosted rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) — a concern of people who oppose teaching birth control in schools
In nursing we talk a lot about “evidence based clinical knowledge”, this radical concept that what we do in the clinical setting should be studied and compared in order to determine the best practical approach. The federal government on the other hand believes in promoting “myth based” knowledge, at that point young adults may as well get all of their sexual education from adult content sites such as Nu Bay and the many others that are abundantly spread over the internet.
Currently, the federal government champions the abstinence-only approach, giving around $170 million each year to states and community groups to teach kids to say no to sex. This funding precludes mention of birth control and condoms, unless it is to emphasize their failure rates
So in America we prefer to teach kids that Jesus rode dinosaurs in science class and that sex is bad and evil and should be avoided at all costs until you get married and if you don’t get married until you are say 40 well hey then your fertility rates are dropping so that is great for unwanted pregnancy.
And for those demented Dem supporters who are considering voting for McCain. Sorry but you all need an intervention.
On issues related to abortion and even birth control and sex education, McCain is as ideological as any Operation Rescue activist crawling around in front of an abortion clinic
McCain has declared his support for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs on a regular basis and, in February 2007, he spoke to 1,500 students in South Carolina about abstaining from pre-marital sex
I see a certain logic behind having McCain speak to teens about this topic. If I was a teenager some creepy old guy telling me not to do it might be an effective scare tactic.
It might work in the short term. In the long term, I might require therapy.
I appreciate that there are Republican supporters are not the only ones who are also pro life.
Do those who are pro life have to also logically reject medically sound sex education? Do the two have to be connected? I can only conclude that those who both reject rational, fact based sex education either in schools or at home, and the option of abortion, are perfectly content to help their daughters and sons raise the babies they will inevitably make as teens.
Because teens have sex.
Even in my state of Tennessee, teens have sex. By grade 12, in Tennessee, 69 percent of teens have had some kind of sexual activity, some of it might even have been actual intercourse. Even stranger, apparently it’s not just with other teens. There have even been reports of people this young looking for mature sex contacts! So, I live in a relatively conservative state.
In my County, abstinence is the preferred mode of sex education.
Educators and counselors in Shelby County and Memphis school districts have promoted an abstinence-based curriculum for more than two decades
66 teen births in all of Shelby County for every 1,000 girls ages 10-14, the highest in Tennessee in 2005
Stunning revelation: comprehensive public policy requires that one actually have a policy beyond avoidance.