“The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has released a report on how a number of “comprehensive” sexual education (CSE) programs being promoted to our youth are heavy on sex and light on education. The study, conducted by medical professionals, looked closely at some of the most common CSE curricula currently in use in an attempt to see if the content was truthful and truly comprehensive. A cursory review of the study shows that the materials distributed by the “comprehensive” programs mention abstinence only 321 times. In contrast the materials mention usage of condoms 2,763 times – and only mention condom failure rates a total of 23 times! The study showed these programs have very little impact on increasing condom use among children, and even less impact in delaying sexual activities – the latter being no surprise considering the focus on condoms instead of abstaining. Today Dr. John Agwunobi, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, and Dan Schneider, HHS Assistant Secretary for ACF, are announcing a campaign which is designed to encourage parents to talk to their kids about sex, their values, and how delaying sexual activity until marriage can contribute to their future happiness and success. This campaign should be applauded for recognizing that any true education for children must come from their parents and promote the family. ”
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