This is a tough post to write. Not because the content is uninteresting — quite the opposite actually. The article for which I am writing this post is engaging, and it speaks directly to my own views and emphasis on comprehensive sex ed. I’m struggling to write this post because inside I am yelling “What the hell are you doing to these kids and their futures, you idiot?!?!?!”
Well, I guess it’s out now!
I’m so fed up with people who insist that abstinence only sex education is effective, that the science behind comprehensive sex education is false, or that birth control doesn’t work. I try to keep my cool and recognize that often people believe things that are untrue due to a lack of education … but in this case, I just don’t believe that! So for the sake of our teens (who are listening to the false information this guy is spewing), let’s clear a few things up:
Abstinence only sex ed is not effective. Don’t believe me? Read this article, look up stats, and let’s chat.
Comprehensive sex education is effective. The evidence is overwhelming. If you need proof, I can send you plenty of links and information — just ask!
Birth control is effective. Even when used incorrectly (which, by the way, I do not recommend!) it is more effective than using nothing … which is what the kids in Texas have been doing. Because hey, in school they learned that birth control doesn’t work … so why bother using it, right?
I’m going to send you over to read the actual article … but first I will include a couple of key points:
- Texas Governor Rick Perry is considering running for President of the United States
- Perry’s governance is becoming less and less about science and evidence and more about religion — particularly his own personal views
- He is using his personal views to determine what children and youth are learning in school — not the least of which is related to sex education:
“Perry has taken governing positions that affect millions of children based on his own personal opinions, even when those opinions are overwhelmingly contradicted by the evidence.” (Otto, 2011)
- The results of this have been absolutely disastrous:
“Texas lawmakers cut sex ed from two six-month courses to a single unit of “abstinence only” education. But early indications showed that the program wasn’t working. In fact, teens in almost all high school grades were having more sex after undergoing the abstinence only program. By 2007, Texas had the highest teen birth rate in the nation.” (Otto, 2011)
What really gets to me is that this guy (and others, but primarily him because he is making the decisions) has so much power and influence over the lives of millions of children and youth. And what he’s doing is creating an absolute disaster. Kids don’t even have the option of making informed decisions, because he has taken the information away from them entirely. Even college students have a hard time accessing contraception in Texas.
Ok, enough ranting by me. Read the article yourself and let me know what you think!
p.s. I run a great workshop on teen pregnancy … message me if you’re interested!