The battle for abstinence education
The bottom line: It appears to be undisputable that 'abstinence-only' education reduces the amount of sexually promiscuous behavior in the long-run among young people. But here is the problem. There is a deep disagreement running deep within the culture over exactly WHY sexually promiscuous behavior is undesirable among young people. The mainstream media and health community keep harping about STDs and teen pregnancies as if they were the root of the problem. Of course, they are not. Problems, yes, but mere symptoms. The root reason why sexual promiscuity is undesirable, however, is that it tears apart the moral tissue of our young people, leaving in its wake shipwrecked relationships, emaciated wills, and permanently disfigured sexual faculties. As long as we measure the success of 'sex education' curriculums by the number of teen pregnancies and contracted STDs, we will be missing the forest for the trees.
# posted by Jamie : 7:56 AM