Friday, April 13, 2007

Abstinence education programs unsuccessful

Well, after the 5-year study conducted by a congressional mandate on Title V Abstinence programs it's official - no differences positive or negative. you can read about it here

Now this really shouldn't surprise anyone for two reasons:

1. You can't fight and entire culture with a couple of classes.

2. The 'safety' argument doesn't really work with youth, however sound it might be. They think of themselves as immortal. Rather, you have to appeal to some kind of higher standard. On Maslow's hierarchy it's essentially a self-actualization argument more than a phsyical safety one, at least in the eyes of youth. This requires some sort of theological/philosophical upbringing which can't be accommodated in public schools.


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