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Education Reporter
NUMBER 154 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 1998

Book of the Month
Book of the Month

1998 Directory of Abstinence Resources, National Abstinence Clearinghouse, 1998, $20, 70 pps.

The mission of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse (NAC) is "to promote the appreciation for and practice of sexual abstinence until marriage through the distribution of age-appropriate materials." Its 1998 Directory of Abstinence Resources lists only materials that support this premise. Among the materials listed are books, brochures, abstinence education curricula, videos, and promotional items.

The book also lists abstinence education providers, including the Just WAIT Project and the Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MISH). Parents wishing to instruct their children will find "parental components" such as Project Reality's "Helping Them Face Reality: An Aid for Parents of Teens," and Focus on the Family's "A Generation At Risk: A parent's guide to understanding popular youth culture."

The Directory includes published research and education comparisons such as MISH's "Abstinence and Safer Sex Sexuality: A Comparison," and Focus on the Family's "SIECUS: You Won't Believe What They Want to Teach Your Kids." A list of nationally-known abstinence speakers, along with capsule biographies, rounds out the directory's comprehensive offerings.

While the Directory is not an exhaustive listing of abstinence materials, it can be an excellent reference for educators, parents, and church youth group leaders, containing both Christian and public school resources.

The NAC was founded to counteract "a national agenda organized to infiltrate churches and youth programs with value-free sex education." NAC president Leslee J. Unruh discovered that SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.), the nation's leading provider and promoter of "safe-sex" education, is behind this agenda, and that the "safe sex" message - when it comes to premarital sex, there is no right or wrong, only individual choice - is being cleverly disguised by merely changing the "safe sex" label to "abstinence-based" or "abstinence plus" education.

Contact: National Abstinence Clearinghouse, 801 E. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD, 57105-6027, phone 888/577-2966, fax 605/335-0629. Email: info@abstinence.net; web site www.abstinence.net. Discounts available for quantity purchases.



 
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