A new study released this month and reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine presents compelling evidence that teaching abstinence works better than sex-ed.
MedPage Today in an article titled Some Benefit Seen for Abstinence-Only Sex-Ed, substantiates the findings: An education program for middle-schoolers promoting chastity significantly reduced their self-reported sexual activity two years later, compared with other sex education approaches, researchers conducting a randomized trial said.
The Washington Post weighs in with their report: Abstinence-only programs might work, study says.
Even a causal observer will notice the reluctance to credit the findings by using the tentative words “some benefit” and “might work,” to infer reservations regarding acceptance of the study.
This article in the Wall Street Journal acknowledges the negative media bias directed towards abstinence education and purity pledges.
A Boston University School of Medicine study, one of the largest analysis to date on teen sexual behavior, reveals teens with positive attitudes about delaying sexual activity are more likely to practice abstinence. Using a scientifically-validated scale, researchers measured the beliefs and attitudes about sex of more than 11,000 students ages 12 to 17 to determine what influences their decisions to become sexually active. After one year’s time, nearly 90-percent of students who had expressed intent to not have sex had remained abstinent.
Conversely, teacher’s group represented by the liberal National Education Association (NEA) and the anti-abstinence group SIECUS have co-sponsored numerous reports attacking abstinence programs.
Here is the stingingly offensive, profanity-laced parting speech of retiring NEA legal counsel Robert Chanin addressing the 8,000+ NEA delegates. It provides an insight into the mindset of those who hold sway with America’s children each weekday.