Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
at the base we agree, good sex ed is a positive thing. we just disagree on the validity of this particular survey.
the issue is too complex to point a finger at any one factor and claim "it is chrystal clear" and that is just what this study has done.
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The "sex ed" argument used to explain these differences is based on a false premise (comprehensive sex ed is taught in blue states, & not red). Further, the argument itself (that comprehensive sex ed yields lower teen pregnancy rates) is not supported by the data.
The planned parenthood representative simply assumes that liberal states provide "comprehensive sex education" where those "other" states do not. A quick examination of state laws throws a big monkey wrench in what she thought was "crystal clear."
State Sex Education Laws
Only Vermont requires comprehensive sex education. Massachusetts has no requirement whatsoever, and the other two require no general sex ed, just info on STDs.
Two require general sex ed, and the other three have no requirement.
Looking at other states... Georgia and Tennessee are among the small handful of states that require comprehensive sex ed and yet have higher percentatges of preganancy. If sex education were the primary factor explaining these differences (as claimed) this would not be true.
Cause I'm white - and live in Arkansas - and one of them hussy statistics.
Overall - stupidity had a lot to do with it. The thought that I might get pregnant never crossed my mind - nor did I ever think about birth control. .. though I did, sure, know what it was.
Socially - I think it's just more acceptable. My parents weren't thrilled but my boyfriend at that time was, and so were a lot of my friends - they thought it was awesome.
I agree with the initial article.
However - I think the overall crux of the issue is parenting (or lack of parental involvement) - I've lived North, in Maryland and the surrounding area - and I've lived all over the South. The whole family dynamic is different - parents are generally less involved and thus less likely to inform their kids of what to do, what not to do when it comes to sex, in the south.
Very generally - I'm sure there are a lot of people who break away from this, but my parents definitely weren't like that.
Last edited by Aunt Spiker; 10-23-10 at 07:10 AM.
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