Abstinence Education Programs in Public Schools Are Misleading

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A researcher with the Heritage Foundation says many parents would be shocked if they carefully examined the so-called “abstinence-based” sex education programs being offered in America's public schools.

In modern American culture, sex education is a firmly established part of the public school curricula. In fact, more than 85% of the parents in the U.S. have demanded that their children be taught sex ed using abstinence-based programs.

Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation decided to investigate those programs and has now released the findings of his study. He discovered that many of the “abstinence-based” programs have nothing to do with abstinence — and everything to do with promoting sexual promiscuity.

Rector offers one example from a program called “Be Proud, Be Responsible,” which is offered for middle-schoolers. He quotes from the program: “Store condoms under mattress. Eroticize condom use with your partner. Act sexy, sensual when putting condoms on. Hide [it] on your body and ask your partner to find it.”

Understating the obvious, Rector says it is not an abstinence-based program. “The material is absolutely, overwhelmingly offensive — and it's being inserted into schools through the camouflage mechanism of calling it abstinence,” he says.

The researcher urges parents to examine the programs being used to teach sex ed to their children. He adds that there is one more troubling aspect of such programs.

“The real tragedy is that these programs have been particularly promoted by the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services of the federal government — and they are promoted in Congress,” he says.

He points out that just a year ago, there was an effort in Congress to abolish what he calls the “authentic funding” for abstinence education and replace it with funding for the other programs. “It's just a very sad situation,” he says.

Rector says many of these programs which promote the “safe-sex” condom myth ought to be dubbed “Pornography 101.”

(This article courtesy of Agape Press.)

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