Tuesday, August 23

OF ABSTINENCE INSTRUCTION AND A POOR GOVERNMENT REPORT CARD IN CANTON, OHIO

"Religionlink.org" reports the following:

President George W. Bush has said that he wants to raise federal spending on abstinence-only education next year by one-third, to $135 million. To get the money, states would have to teach abstinence - and only abstinence - in public school sex education classes.

Opponents say there is no evidence that abstinence-only education works and that it should be taught along with contraception. Some say it violates the First Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state because many groups that teach or write public school abstinence curricula are religious. Abstinence-only education supporters say their curricula respect constitutional guidelines, do not proselytize, and fill a gap left by secularly produced resources.

(and with respect to Ohio, their site publishes the following information)

OHIO

• Ohio has required that abstinence be taught in public schools since 1996. The Ohio Abstinence Campaign (1-866-WORTHIT), receives federal funding and has at least two faith-based groups under its umbrella, Western Health Care Partners of Western Ohio (Catholic) and Decision Pregnancy Health Centers (Christian).
• Abstinence-only education groups include Operation Keepsake in Cleveland and Abstinence: The Better Choice, in Cuyahoga Falls, 330-776-0715.

Matt Drudge links to this story about one high school in Canton, Ohio, where abstinence appears to be the exception, rather than the rule.

Makes one wonder if sex education should be entrusted to the government, rather than to the parents.

Government governs best which teaches least. Don't you think? The numbers would suggest so!