It’s one of those “abstinence education doesn’t work” bits.
I would agree: teaching “abstinence only” doesn’t work. Problem is, you can’t teach “values” in public schools, and, even if you can, it’s “values” detached from morals, which are in turn detached from metaphysics, which in turn is detached from theology, so the “values” are, ultimately, meaningless.
*Chastity* education works very well.
But what’s hilarious is this comment Dr. Mitzi Kalin, a psychologist:
Kalin, who is the mother of two young children, compares it to her 2-year-old son trying to play with the light socket. Just telling him no doesn’t work.
“You have to help them see how sex can impact their lives and keep them from achieving their goals,” she says. “It’s an ongoing process.”
So, is Dr. Kalin suggesting that we put rubber gloves on our two year olds and say, “it’s OK to stick your fingers in the socket if you wear protective gear”?
The way to keep a two year old from sticking his fingers in a socket is by teaching him when he’s one not to do it. You put protective covers in the outlets. You keep him confined to an area where he can’t get to the outlets. You tell him he’ll electrocute himself and die if he touches it. You swat his bottom or his hand if he goes to touch it.
Kalin’s example is self-defeating. Because “sex education” is like giving the toddler a rubber glove and saying, “Go for it.” Instead, you teach the teenagers the psychological and physiological consequences of premarital intercourse. You teach them respect for themselves, for their elders and for their peers. You keep them supervised.
Teach them NFP and that both men and women have high libidos when the woman is fertile. If your daughter wants to go out on a “date,” you ask to see her charts first, and don’t let her go out on a date till 3 days after Peak.
According to Lori Lamerand, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood in Mid and South Michigan, study after study shows that abstinence-only education is mostly a failure. The only thing that really works to prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is comprehensive sex education and access to contraceptives, she says.
Gets back to the question of what we’re trying to *prevent.* Conservatives want to prevent *fornication*. Planned Parenthoood wants to prevent reproduction.