Sex-ed landscape shifting across the nation
- Pauline Vu, MCT NEWSPAPERS, June 5, 2007
While a majority (of the states) still
requires that abstinence be stressed in sex education, lately there has
been a movement toward comprehensive education that teaches about
contraception along with abstinence.This shift has been bolstered by Democratic gains in statehouses and
The April study, which tracked 2,000 children, half of whom took
abstinence-only classes, found that students in those classes were just
as likely as their peers to have premarital sex. But the study also
reported that teenagers in the abstinence classes weren't less likely to
use condoms, something critics of abstinence-only programs have claimed
We're here. We're sexual. GET USED TO IT
- Barbara Miner, Color Lines,
For the last decade,
schools around the country have been badgered and bribed into pumping
these sorts of ideas into students’ heads through abstinence-only
programs — that is, those relatively few schools that teach sex
education in the first place. [...]
Over the past year, this surging abstinence-only education movement
has finally shown signs of retreat.
Numerous studies have proven it to be ineffective, even harmful
[...] But as abstinence fades, the increasingly pressing question is
this: What will rise in its place?
Abstinence education does not reduce sexual activity in teens
- Sue Mueller, foodconsumer.org, April 14, 2007
A new study authorized by US Congress has found that the federal
abstinence education programs that encourage adolescents to abstain from
having sex during their early years proved ineffective.
The abstinence program did not persuade youth from having sex, nor
change their other sexual behavior including condom use [...].
Teens who had sex started
having sex at a mean age of 14.9 years.
Teen magazine with nude pics? Yes, in Germany
- Elisa Ung, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 13, 2006
The column highlights a basic cultural divide between much of Europe
and the United States when it comes to sex.
And Gernandt points to Germany's lower teenage pregnancy rate as
proof of which approach is better.
About 85 of 1,000 U.S. young people ages 15 to 19 become pregnant,
compared with 16 out of every 1,000 in Germany.
Mentors for boys difficult to enlist
Lisa Grzyboski, Courier-Post Online, January 20, 2008
Every year the Volunteers of America youth services director enrolls
Camden teens who have served time in juvenile detention in a program
aimed at helping them turn around their lives. Each of the mostly male
teens is supposed to receive an adult mentor of the same gender [...].
But sometimes it's the prospect of a one-on-one relationship that keeps
people, especially men, from mentoring, Jakubowski said. At a time when
the media is dominated by stories about sex offenders and child sex
abuse, some people worry about being unjustly accused of inappropriate
touching or worse.