State of ignorance: sex education in Texas schools

RH Reality Check yesterday carried an article on a report about sex education in Texas schools, titled “When In Texas: Just Say I Don’t Know”.  The result of two years work by Dr. David Wiley, a health education professor at Texas State University-San Marcos, and Dr. Kelly Wilson, on behalf of the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, the report is a damning indictment of a woefully inadequate system.

The problem seems to be that Texas receives some $18 million in federal funds annually for a program which is known as “abstinence-only education“, but is actually composed of feeding children scare-stories about sex and telling them not to do it. The results of such institutionalized idiocy are easy to predict: young people have sex anyway but are ignorant and unprepared for the consequences. It appears that most of this lunacy is presided over by religious organizations whose record of stupidity on matters related to sex is second to none.

Hopefully this disgusting behavior will be stopped and religious organizations will be chased out of the field of education, to the benefit of the young people of Texas.

2 Responses

  1. I disagree with you on the wisdom of religious organizations in education. The first compulsory education laws in America were spawned by a desire to have literate individuals capable of reading the Word of God. Religious organizations do a lot of good. My brother was educated by a Nazarene school with a excellent track record of two full grade levels over the standards. i believe that rational sex education policies should be pursued. Encouraging students to wait for the right person is wise as a first step. If they don’t, it is then advisable to push monogamy. We need to end the culture of the drive through abortions.

  2. Did you know that the United States, the only country in the developed world to have government-funded sex education consisting of misinformation about the effectiveness of contraception and instructions not to have sex, also has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world?

    Did you know that US teen pregnancy rates have fallen since well organized, honest and effective sex education was introduced into the public school system in the 1970s?

    It follows from this that, if you want to see an end to “the culture of abortion”, you should make sure that teenagers are properly informed on the use of contraceptives and are given free access to them. Crossing your fingers and hoping that teenagers won’t have sex has been tried and (perhaps fortunately for the future of our species in the long run) been proven not to work.

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