sex education 

Abstinence education still doesn't work

A team of researchers from Oxford University has determined (again) that abstinence-only education doesn't work. At least, it doesn't work if the goal is to prevent kids from having sex or to prevent kids from getting pregnant or pretty much anything...

Teaching the facts of life

A few days ago, When my friend Jenn told me she was pregnant with her third child, I was really excited and couldn't wait to tell Ellie. Jenn's oldest daughter and Ellie play together almost daily and I knew that she would be excited as well. Before...

Teen sex rates level off

In the 90's, the numbers of teenagers having sex declined steadily. Maybe it was the whole grunge music thing. Maybe it was the debut of the Simpsons. Who knows. We know it wasn't due to abstinence-only education. And yet, the government has been...

Spider-Man teams up with Planned Parenthood

I just can't get over all the amazing ways educators tried to make sex ed cool in previous decades (probably because the sex education I received in school was boring and pointless). I've written before about efforts by the Fonz and the Mario Bros...

Fewer teens becoming parents

How are America's kids doing? According to National Center for Health Statistics, they are doing very well, thank you. Fewer teens are having sex and those who are doing it, are using condoms. As a result, the teen birthrate is lower than it has ever...

Nintendo sex education

At first I assumed this video was an elaborate hoax -- just because it's so corny. But if you watch it all the way through, you'll find that Mario and Luigi actually give accurate information about puberty and human reproduction, and some fairly...

Sex is okay for older teens?

Those who advocate abstinence-only education for teenagers argue that young people who engage in sexual activity suffer harmful emotional consequences. But a new analysis finds that risk may only apply to those under 15 years of age, who are usually...

Abstinence-only sex ed programs pretty much lying about condom info

Despite the fact that the government spends $176 million a year on programs that "educate" kids with the idea that sex is only safe for straight married people, numerous studies have shown that these initiatives have been overwhelmingly ineffective....

Abstinence education not so successful

A few years back, we were at an outdoor concert with a dear friend of ours. He and his son had been at the Pride Parade that morning and he had pocketfuls of condoms that had been given out at the parade. He started passing them out to other...

Parents outraged by explicit sex education lesson

Some students in a Chicago school recently got more sex education than their parents would have liked. Standard sex ed classes usually include information on dating, peer pressure, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. But at Wolcott...

A Mom's unconventional sex talk

This story made me more than a tad uncomfy, but I wanted to share to make you uncomfortable also. Actually no, not really, I just thought it brought up some interesting questions. According to the China Daily, a woman's unconventional way of teaching...

We all have sex before marriage

While social conservatives continue touting "abstinence only" sex education, a study based in the real world recently proved what we've pretty much known all along: nearly everyone has sex before they're married. This isn't a sign of recent moral...

Few favour abstinence education

Did you know that the American federal government gives around $ 170 million dollars every year to states and community groups to preach the "Just Say No" brand of sex education? I didn't! That's a lot of money that could be going toward condoms and...

Honest talks from teachers about sex education

My son's 8th grade class has spent the last two weeks studying an anatomy block. The block culminated, notice I didn't say climaxed, in an intense few days that covered both the male and female reproductive systems and how they are used to reproduce....

Sex ed may delay teen sex?

Researchers report that a a two week sexual education program was successful in encouraging pre-teens to hold off on sex for the first time. A study in Texas found that after the program, 87 percent of middle school students said they would delay...

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