Texas Schools Kick "Abstinence Only" Programs To the Curb
Some school districts in Texas are no longer educating students with an "abstinence-only" curriculum that brushes aside facts about contraceptives. Instead, they're now focusing on "abstinence-plus" -- which still highlights no sex as the safest option for teenagers, but also spreads awareness about the importance of using condoms and birth control to prevent pregnancy and the spread of STDs.
What's the reason behind switching their stance? Well, Texas has received more government money than any other state to promote sexual abstinence and yet it still ranks the third highest in the nation for teen mothers. Plus, the state has the highest percentage of teen moms giving birth more than once.
In short -- "abstinence-only" clearly isn't having any impact.
Lufkin Independent School District Superintendent Roy Knight states, "Our data says that what we're doing isn't working, and our community is ready for us to do something different."
Start a discussion: What's your school's stance on abstinence? Do sex ed teachers emphasize using protection? Should they or does the abstinence-only program deserve another shot?