Survey Says Texas Schools Are Now a Little Less Awful at Teaching Students Sex Education

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Texas Freedom Network
Just three years ago, 94 percent of the state's school districts told their kiddos: Just say no to sex. And that was that when it came to sex ed -- abstinence only and nothing but, which was working out real well considering that Texas's teen-pregnancy rate was the third-highest in all the land. Still is, or close to, say most -- and tops in repeat teen pregnancies. But, just maybe, things are looking up:

This morning, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund follows up its '09 report by noting the ginormous increase (for Texas, anyway) in districts actually adding contraception talk to the curriculum. According to its latest survey once again done in conjunction with Texas State University, wherein 677 ISDs out of more than 1,000 school districts responded to a questionnaire, slightly more than 25 percent of Texas's ISDs went with "abstinence-plus curricula for sex education in the 2010-11 school year." Says the survey:
This shift away from abstinence-only programs and toward sex education that includes medically accurate information about contraception actually reflects public opinion. A statewide poll of likely voters last summer commissioned by TFNEF revealed that 80 percent of Texas voters favor "teaching about contraception, such as condoms and other birth control, along with abstinence, in high school sex education classes."4 Shockingly, state policy-makers ignore this overwhelming public support. Texas' policy emphasizing instruction on abstinence has been unchanged for more than 15 years, and Gov. Rick Perry continues to tout that policy (even declaring that his personal experience demonstrates that "abstinence works").
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mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Sex education is for godless liberals. Everyone knows but nobody acknowleges the fact that "good christians" want more "good christians", and the best way to accomplish this desired outcome is to leave little Johnny & Janey to their own devices in the area of sex education by advocating "abstinence only" sex *education* (wink wink). Thereby effectively making sure that Janey is knocked up age 17. This in turn will make sure that Johhny & Janey are too busy and cash strapped by raising their offspring to seek higher education, leaving them effectively clueless and in the thrall of their charismatic religious leaders, who incidentally keep on beating that old "Abstinence" drum ever more loudly...

Wash, rinse, repeat.

JoneenMackenzie
JoneenMackenzie

If “Abstinence plus” meant imparting skills for healthy relationship development, building strong lifetime committed partnerships / marriages, and forming safe and stable families, learning how to date well, self regulate around drugs, alcohol, drugs and other temptations, learning how to communicate well, work through conflict, successful life strategies, love languages, personality profiles, being kind and respectful, impulse control, leadership and integrity issues, there would be little pushback regarding condom and contraceptive info. However, what abstinence means to some is saying the word and then spending most of the instructional time on condoms and contraceptives, how to buy them, how to use them, what they feel like, what they cost, where to get them, how to store them, how to dispose of them, when to put them on, how to feel comfortable negotiating their use and all of the details regarding safe sex practices.  I say no thanks to that. The Center for Relationship Education teaches the skills necessary to develop healthy relationships and to wait for the BEST Sex by preparing and practicing these skills to have a lifetime committed partnership / marriage that will go the distance in this fast paced throw away culture. www.myrelationshipcenter.org

JoneenMackenzie
JoneenMackenzie

If “Abstinence plus” meant imparting skills for healthy relationship development, building strong lifetime committed partnerships / marriages, and forming safe and stable families, learning how to date well, self regulate around drugs, alcohol, drugs and other temptations, learning how to communicate well, work through conflict, successful life strategies, love languages, personality profiles, being kind and respectful, impulse control, leadership and integrity issues, there would be little pushback regarding condom and contraceptive info. However, what abstinence means to some is saying the word and then spending most of the instructional time on condoms and contraceptives, how to buy them, how to use them, what they feel like, what they cost, where to get them, how to store them, how to dispose of them, when to put them on, how to feel comfortable negotiating their use and all of the details regarding safe sex practices.  I say no thanks to that. The Center for Relationship Education teaches the skills necessary to develop healthy relationships and have the BEST sex, by waiting and cultivating the skills to have a successful lifetime committed partnership commonly known as marriage! www.myrelationshipcenter.org

RTGolden
RTGolden

If parents hadn't effectively punted the responsibility for raising their children off on the school system, we wouldn't even be having this discussion.  Of course, most parents grounded in a parochial upbringing are going to teach abstinence anyway, no matter how blind it is to believe that teenagers aren't going to have sex.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

How much SEX EDUCATION is really NEEDED ?

If we are talking about Pregnancy Prevention then lets address it as such.

I have noticed the double standard of  Once the mission of intercourse is accomplished. And we have Baby  .The focus seems to Shift from PREGNANT NOT GOOD to PREGNANT NOW, So lets all be understanding about this .

My only problem is the amount it costs the TAXPAYER in borrowed money to pay for the outcome .

pak152
pak152

we'll see how effective the teaching of contraception is when the number of pregnancies drop. if the pregnancy rate increases what then? is it less effective than abstinence?what needs to be done is a longitudinal study that tracks each student who takes the contraception classes and find out if they become pregnant

Stacy
Stacy

Or if they get someone else pregnant. It does take two. Or at least that is what they taught me in my sex ed classes. (Then again, I wasn't educated in Texas.)

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