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Education Reporter
NUMBER 213 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS OCTOBER 2003

'Abstinence-Plus' Courses Teach Everything But 
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The government-funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to promote sex education programs that teach masturbation, condom use and homosexuality, according to a Heritage Foundation research fellow — even though the Bush Administration last year ordered the programs discontinued.

Moreover, "Nearly all of the government-funded abstinence-based or 'abstinence-plus' programs delivered in schools nationwide contain little, if any, reference to abstinence," Robert Rector asserted (www.nationalreview.com 9-2-03). Instead, they are replete with explicit demonstrations of condom use and direct encouragement to experiment sexually.

The CDC-promoted program "Focus on Kids" includes a "condom hunt" to local stores and "condom races" between teams of students who put on and take off a condom using a cucumber. In "Becoming a Responsible Teen," kids are taught about grocery store staples that can be used as lubricants. "Be Proud! Be Responsible!" shows children as young as 13 "how to make condoms fun and pleasurable" and encourages role-playing to negotiate "safer sex", including homosexual and bisexual examples. CDC-approved "Reducing the Risk" advises teachers to tell students to take note of condom store hours.

A recent Zogby poll found that three out of four parents disapproved or strongly disapproved of "abstinence-plus" curricula and want their children to receive an authentic abstinence education.

Researcher Barbara Dafoe Whitehead delivered a scathing review in Atlantic magazine of "comprehensive sex-ed" in New Jersey. In 1980 67.6% of teenage births were to unmarried mothers. After 11 years of comprehensive sex education, the figure had risen to 84%. "Research does not support the idea that early sex education will lead to more responsible sexual behavior in adolescence," she wrote.


 
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