Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sex Ed in Texas: Atrocious

Sex education in Texas consist mostly of educators saying "Just don't do it, okay?":

The overwhelming majority of Texas schools use scare tactics and spread myths in place of teaching basic sex and health information that students can use to protect themselves and others, according to a report released today by watchdog group Texas Freedom Network.

TFN’s two-year study of education materials from 990 Texas school districts showed that about 94 percent of public schools use abstinence-only programs that usually pass moral judgments while either downplaying or ignoring contraception and health screenings.

Two percent ignore sex education, according to the report, written by David Wiley, professor of health education at Texas State University, and Kelly Wilson, assistant professor of health education at Texas State.

They put much of the blame on school administrators’ fear of controversy and religious groups that teach that sex is shameful.

Texas continues to have one of the nation’s highest teen pregnancy rates despite receiving more federal abstinence funding than any other state.

If you think kids will go out and have sex because they learned in class what a vagina actually is, you're a moron. Our inability to teach our children about sex is a reflection of nothing other than outdated thinking and our discomfort with sex in general, not a desire to protect kids. We need to get over it and grow up.

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