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February 09, 2005

Absent abstinence

Just as the government funnels money for alternative fuel research to oil companies, it also seems to be funneling money for abstinence education to foes of abstinence, under the guise of “Abstinence-plus”. In this program we are told that rather than abstinence only curriculum, abstinence plus other methods would be taught. The problem is the abstinence takes a far, far back seat to the other, more politically correct ideas.

The nine "authentic" abstinence programs reviewed by Heritage [Foundation researchers] spent 54 percent of their time on abstinence messages, 17 percent on "healthy relationships and benefits of marriage" and no time promoting contraception.

In contrast, nine "abstinence-plus" sex-education programs spent nearly 29 percent of their time promoting contraception, 25 percent on awareness of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, 25 percent on "general behavioral skills" and 4.7 percent on abstinence.

Remember these “general behavioral skills” sections would be based on Carl Rogers' theories, which he himself argued against being used with mentally healthy individuals. He and many of his colleague recognized that while affective with psychologically disturbed individuals, the same techniques would tend to produce bad behavior in otherwise normal people, especially children.

Hopefully saner heads will prevail and the wolf in sheep's clothing will be run from the pasture of our schools.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 9, 2005 09:26 AM

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