Thursday, April 03, 2008

Really? ... Really.

"A recent survey that found some Florida teens believe drinking a cap of bleach will prevent HIV and a shot of Mountain Dew will stop pregnancy has prompted lawmakers to push for an overhaul of sex education in the state.
The survey showed that Florida teens also believe that smoking marijuana will prevent a person from getting pregnant.State lawmakers said the myths are spreading because of Florida's abstinence-only sex education, Local 6 reported.They are proposing a bill that would require a more comprehensive approach, the report said.It would still require teaching abstinence but students would also learn about condoms and other methods of birth control and disease prevention."

Wow. I'm sure that the percentages of teens that actually believe these myths is probably relatively low and this is indeed a media hype, but the point is pretty clear, abstinence only education doesn't solve the problem because it doesn't explain the problem, it just ignores it. The only story in history, that I'm aware of at least, wherein LESS education was the better solution was when Adam and Eve at the apple from the tree of knowledge. And to be honest, I find it pretty hard to believe that the symbols and metaphors in that story are that simplistic. We should be teaching everything so that students are aware of the truth. It's not sending them out to hump one another by telling them the truth about how this funny pregnancy works.

Administrator: Very impressive. What are you doing this morning?

First Doctor: It's a birth.

Administrator: And what sort of thing is that?

Second Doctor: Well, that's when we take a new baby out of a lady's

Administrator: Wonderful what we can do nowadays. Ah! I see you
have the machine that goes 'Ping'. This is my favourite. You
see we lease this back to the company we sold it to. That
way it comes under the monthly current budget and not the
capital account. [They all applaud.] Thank you, thank you. We
try to do our best. Well, do carry on.

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