- The Washington Times - Monday, February 8, 2010

Culture Challenge of the Week: Abstinence Education

This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) published a report that shows abstinence education works. Tragically, President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had already pandered to dishonest groups, such as Planned Parenthood, that profit from teen sexual activity, and took the unbelievable action of terminating government funding of these successful abstinence programs.

When adults take the time to tell children what is right and what is wrong, and teach them how to avoid sex, the majority of them actually do. But when a young person is constantly bombarded with sexual images, taught by those in authority that he can freely engage in sex if he wants to, and is presumed to be unable to control himself, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that he will most likely become sexually active.

In the AMA’s Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a study of sixth- and seventh-graders reveals a stark contrast between kids who are taught Mr. Obama’s preferred sex education and those who receive abstinence education. When students are told that abstinence is best at the same time that the educator is telling them how to use a condom, nearly half of the teens end up having sex within two years. But when teachers give a consistent abstinence-only message, equip children with practical methods to say “no,” and relay the full expectation that they can control themselves, only about one-third of those children become sexually active in the next two years.

How to Protect Your Family from dangerous sex education

Arm yourself with truth and teach it to your children.

While many in the policy and education world are shocked at the revelation that abstinence education works, Robert Rector and Christine Kim of the Heritage Foundation have known this truth for years. In 2008, Heritage analyzed 21 different studies done on abstinence-education programs. Researchers “found that in 16 of the 21 reports, there were significant positive results in delaying early sexual activity and initiation.”

In addition to eliminating all chances of becoming pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted disease, Mr. Rector also reports that the research reveals that teens who practice abstinence “will be happier and less depressed than their permissive peers.”

“Abstinent teens also do dramatically better in school. They are half as likely to drop out as their sexually active peers. And teens who abstain until at least age 18 are twice as likely to attend and graduate from college as those who become sexually active while in high school,” he reported.

In most states, parents have the right to opt their children out of the sex-education classes, but you have to act to make that happen.

Contact your school counselor and find out what the options are, and then sit down with your children and explain why you are choosing a better way. Make certain that the teachers do not belittle or punish them for not taking the classes. Find other parents in your child’s classroom who dare to take a stand, and support each other.

Secondly, be proactive in teaching abstinence to your children. Check out sites like family.org, abstinence.net, sexrespect.org, awareprogram.net and heritage.org for great abstinence-education resources. Do your homework, take action and be committed enough to your children to teach them the truth. Since the president abandoned what works and is even funding programs that make your job harder and your children more vulnerable, your sons and daughters are more reliant than ever on you to show them the way.

Rebecca Hagelin is the author of “30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.” For more family tips, visit HowToSaveYourFamily.com or e-mail [email protected]

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