Abstinence Crowd Cheers Government Report!

January 8, 2018

Parents, good news from the CDC! Read on to see what the government cannot deny!

For every parent who’s tried to tell their teenage kids that “everyone’s not doing it,” here’s proof! According to the CDC’s new nationwide report, the number of high school students who said they’ve ever had sex dropped from 47 percent in 2005 to 41 percent in 2015. The good news is even better for African American students, who showed improvements across the board, followed by Hispanics who practiced more abstinence in three of the four grades.

None of this is thanks to President Obama, researchers say. After two terms of the last administration’s “if-it-feels-good-do-it” approach, most experts agree he accomplished one thing: making the situation worse. “Compared with their peers,” a 2016 study by the American Journal of Public Health found, “teenagers in the [government’s programs] were more likely to begin having sex… and more likely to get pregnant.” And it’s no wonder. The curriculum was so extreme that 40 percent of young people actually said they felt more pressure to engage in sex from their sex ed classes than from their boyfriends or girlfriends!

In other words, the Obama administration wasn’t just wasting money on an approach that doesn’t work but also makes the problems worse! Fortunately, conservatives in Congress have been steadily chipping away at the dollars America is wasting on these failures. Under the latest spending bill, Republicans take direct aim at the $110 million money pit of the liberals’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs and start redirecting a portion of it to a message that even Obama’s CDC reluctantly endorsed: abstinence.

And guess what? This approach isn’t just what works, but what teenagers want. According to our friends at Ascend, most young people support saving sex for marriage. Most of them don’t like the idea of casual sex, want to wait, or wish they’d waited longer. When the CDC released its latest numbers on teen sex, researchers were stumped. Most people just assumed kids were having sex. And maybe that’s part of the problem. We’re so busy teaching about birth control that we don’t even bother with self-control.

Somewhere along the way, it became assumed, not discouraged, that teenagers would have sex. And as a result, we have an entire area of teen education accelerates the risks instead of curbing them. Think about the other behaviors that can devastate a young person’s life. We don’t tell kids to drink less. We tell them not to drink, period. The same with smoking. We don’t hand them filters assuming that they’ll light up anyway. We challenge them not to.

Most teenagers want to be challenged to stay pure too. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough people teaching them how. Maybe parents are too embarrassed to talk about sex or think their kids aren’t listening. Well, I’ve got news for you — they are. Valerie Huber, who left Ascend to take a leadership post in Trump’s HHS, knows from personal experience: “The healthiest message for youth is one that gives youth the skills and information to avoid the risks of teen sex, not merely reduce them. This is a message that is relevant in 2016, since the majority of teens have not had sex, far fewer, in fact, than 20 years ago.” It’s time to adapt our thinking, our strategies, and our public policy to an approach that makes the most sense for our kids and their future. And based on the latest research, that isn’t Obama’s.

Thank you to Tony Perkins and Family Research Council for their report!

http://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20180108/pure-politics

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Georgetown ISD: SIECUS and TFN’s Next Target?

Looks like Georgetown ISD is next –

4/10/2013 Wednesday Update in the Williamson County Sun posted –

“Major changes could be in store for Georgetown ISD’s sex education program, a member of a citizens committee tasked with reviewing the curriculum said this week. Former Mayor MaryEllen Kersch, who sits on the committee, said the increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in Georgetown from 2007 to 2011 shows that public schools are failing to properly educate teenagers about safe sex. The number of cases of Chlamydia and gonorrhea in the city’s two largest zip codes jumped during that period from 112 to 174, according to data provided to the citizens committee. Officials said that increase cannot be attributed to population growth alone.”

Georgetown ISD currently uses Scott & White’s Worth the Wait Curriculum in the Middle Schools.  The 6th graders receive the age appropriate version in their PE classes while 7th and 8th graders receive the instruction in Science.  All instruction is done by Georgetown ISD teachers and coaches.

The accusations that are being made against the current curriculum follows the pattern of many Districts in Texas as the Texas Freedom Network’s SHAC Initiative is being executed to ‘advocate change for sex ed’ in Texas.  The concerns also follow the SIECUS Community Action Toolkit recommendations.

Most likely discussions in the Georgetown ISD SHAC have resembled some or all of the following:

  • requirements of ‘evidence-based’ curriculum,
  • demands of discussions on comprehensive sex education,
  • declarations that the current curriculum is medically inaccurate and full of factual errors, and
  • accusations that the current curriculum and any abstinence based curriculum are fear and shame based.

The Texas Freedom Network is also working very diligently to make sure that SB 521 and HB 1057 do not pass.  These bills prohibit abortion providers or affiliates from providing instruction and materials in Texas schools.  A few of the curricula that are proposed as solutions MUST have relationships with abortion providers!