16 April 2009 at 2:26:32 PM
LINK An interesting comment from the study.
why hasabstinence-only education achieved such a complete monopoly in Texas schools, particularly given that state law permits school districts to offer more responsible and complete information, studies show that abstinence-only programs are ineffective and public opinion in the state favors an abstinence-plus approach?29 Although the data gathered from school districts did not explicitly answer the "why" question, a recurring theme emerged – school districts are surprisingly uninformed about the law. It is a common misperception among teachers and administratorsthat "Texas is an abstinence-only state" (with "only" beingthe overriding directive). That is simply false. Neither theeducation code nor any other statute requires schools topresent abstinence to the exclusion of other information or pedagogical strategies. According to state guidelines, abstinence is to be emphasized, but districts are not restricted to abstinence-only instruction. This crucial distinction has been widely misunderstood – perhaps deliberately, in some cases – and as a result, districts are unnecessarily penalizing students by withholding medically accurate, age-appropriate information about contraception and other proven strategies for protecting against unintended pregnancy and disease
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