Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Texan Teens Can't Comprehend Stork's Role, Beg For Sensible Sex Education

From the Texas Tribune: High school and college students from across Texas told lawmakers today they want more comprehensive sex education in public schools. The 60-plus students came to the Capitol as part of the Texas Freedom Network’s youth advocacy day.

Under current policies, most Texas schools teach abstinence only. A study funded under the Bush presidency showed that they simply don't work. The study reported by the Washington Post, "followed 2000 children from elementary or middle school into high school. The children lived in four communities -- two urban, two rural. All of the children received the family life services available in their community, in addition, slightly more than half of them also received abstinence-only education. By the end of the study, when the average child was just shy of 17, half of both groups had remained abstinent. The sexually active teenagers had sex the first time at about age 15. Less than a quarter of them, in both groups, reported using a condom every time they had sex. More than a third of both groups had two or more partners."

Sarah Brown, executive director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says, "This is the first study with a solid, experimental design, the first with adequate numbers and long-term follow-up, the first to measure behavior and not just intent. On every measure, the effectiveness of the programs was flat."

According to a report released in January 2010 by the Guttmacher Institute, a policy analysis and research organization that focuses on sexual and reproductive health, Texas has the fourth-highest teen pregnancy rate and the third-highest teen birth rate in the country. Clearly, something is not working. And we have to give these students major props for going beyond their schools to petition the law-makers, begging them to allow for *gasp* education.

State Rep. Joaquin Castro, D–San Antonio, told the students about a bill he has filed that would allow schools to emphasize abstinence, but would also require that they provide age-appropriate, evidence-based information about sex. Under his bill, Castro said, schools could opt out of teaching sex education and parents could pull their child out of the class. But abstinence-only sex education has a strong supporter in Gov. Rick Perry.

“Abstinence works,” Perry told the Tribune in this clip below. “Maybe it is the way it’s being taught, or maybe it is the way it is being applied out there, but the fact of the matter is it is the best form to teach our children.” The way it is being applied out there? Is the "misapplication" of Or something else? DOES. NOT. COMPUTE.

"From my own personal life, abstinence works," he says. WTF DOES THAT MEAN? That if Rick Perry didn't have sex with anyone before his wife, that that method should work for the teenage youth of today? That one rich, white male's example should be good enough for everyone to follow?

"Comprehensive education means teaching about abstinence and a myriad of other topics," said spokeswoman Martha Kempner of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. Among them, she said: "contraception, critical thinking, one's own values and the values of your family and your religious community.

Governor Perry, please close your nonsensical mouth and actually listen to these students. They'll be voting in no time.

1 comment:

  1. He needs to spend some money on his own education!! He doesn't seem to be very logical.