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Abstinence Only Sex Education Not Checked For Accuracy

scientist intelligent cartoonAttention parents: The Government Accountability Office has found that, if your children are receiving instruction in an abstinence-only sex education program in public school, the chances are good that the material they are being taught has not been checked at all for scientific accuracy. The federal government program that oversees abstinence-only educational programs has been found to have no standards for scientific accuracy in the content of those programs. Furthermore, only 50 percent of the states that mandate abstinence-only programs require any review of educational content for scientific accuracy. When reviews have taken place, serious scientific inaccuracies in the content of abstinence-only education have been found.

The report from the Government Accountability Office states,

“Efforts by HHS and states to assess the scientific accuracy of materials used in abstinence-until-marriage education programs have been limited. This is because HHS’s ACF—which awards grants to two programs that account for the largest portion of federal spending on abstinence-until-marriage education—does not review its grantees’ education materials for scientific accuracy and does not require grantees of either program to review their own materials for scientific accuracy.”

Note: HHS stands for the Department of Health and Human Services, and ACF stands for the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The findings of the Government Accountability Office are an important confirmation of what has long been suspected: That abstinence-only sex education is not founded upon the best available information about health and human sexuality. Rather, abstinence-only programs are motivated by right wing religious ideology, and what certain fundamentalist activist groups want to believe about what’s true. Abstinence-only education programs force teachers to instruct their students that the only right thing for them to do is to not have any sex at all, even after they become adults, until they are married.

High school students can take away this clear lesson: If you’re receiving an abstinence-only sex education, you don’t have much reason to trust what your teachers are telling you. Chances are good that no one’s required your educational system to check the facts in the abstinence-only classes are accurate. Would your teachers allow you to do the same kind of sloppy work that abstinence-only programs are allowed to do?

For more accurate information on sex and health, check out Teen Wire.

Read the full report from the Government Accountability Office for yourself.

One thought on “Abstinence Only Sex Education Not Checked For Accuracy”

  1. Mark says:

    Here in Charleston Co., SC the Heritage Foundation was one of the abstinence-only organizations to receive federal money to teach sex education in the public schools. Recently, after a thorough examination of the program’s effectiveness, the county schools ended its contract with Heritage Foundation due to conclusions that the curriculum of abstinence-only education was actually counter productive in protecting the students from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It turns out that the message of abstinence falls on deaf ears, and without information about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases students who become sexually active do not know how to protect themselves.

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