Farewell, Abstinence-Only Sex Education: Teen Mothers Don't Salute You
For the first time in a decade, the federal government is out of the business of funding abstinence-only sex-education programs.
Because, as it turns out, teaching kids it's bad to have sex doesn't really stop them from having sex. It just stops them from learning about how not to get pregnant, or an STD, while having that sex that kids are going to have no matter what the feds think.
The Houston school district has been on an "abstinence-plus" curriculum for a while, spokesman Norm Uhl tells Hair Balls, and suburban districts in Texas are moving that way too. Even Tomball has gone to abstinence-plus this year, for crying out loud.
Texas spent more money on abstinence-only education than any other state. How well has it worked?
According the state's Department of State Health Services, a 14-year-old Texan gets pregnant every 10 hours (not the same Texan, obviously); a 17-year-old gets pregnant somewhere in the state every 52 minutes.
Well done, abstinence-only!!
The Obama administration moved quickly to phase out federal funding for the ineffective programs. Now districts like Alief are using curriculum like the "Big Decisions" program, in which the key points are:
1) Sex is a big decision
2) Abstinence is the healthiest choice
3) Teens who have sex must use condoms and birth control correctly, every time
Will it have any effect? It can't do any worse. Maybe Texas can break the one-hour barrier in the 17-year-olds getting pregnant race.
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