This is truly sad…
Someone needs to introduce the “Bristol Palin Sex Education Bill” in Congress to bring the U.S. into at least the 20th Century in sex education. It will take a while longer to get to the 21st…
I don’t know how many times it has to be proven that abstinence only sex education does not work….
I don’t think the Religious Right needs to worry about schools teaching kids how to have sex. They can figure that part out. It’s the part about avoiding pregnancy and STD’s that they need to learn. God knows, s0me parents won’t tell them….
Need we look farther than Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol?
From The Nation:
There is no significant difference in the rates of teenage sexuality in the United States compared to other similar, developed western countries. American teens are simply far less likely to use contraception. It is no surprise that the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy and STI rates in the developed world.
Sexuality education in the United States has evolved to teach everything besides sex itself. Although teenagers in more progressive schools may learn how to slide a condom onto a banana, they rarely learn how to access birth control conveniently and affordably. Instead, students in both abstinence only and comprehensive programs are given projects that test and assess their knowledge of how to avoid sex, rather than their knowledge of sexual health. At the end of a typical course, many students know that they can “go to the movies” or “play soccer” instead of having sex, but they do not know what to do in case their alternative activities plan falls through and the condom breaks.