A summary from US News and World Report about debates over abstinence-only curricula. It’s slanted against them, of course, but does include a fair amount of material from more than one side. A basic problem is the scientific-social-policy approach that makes it possible for the Pennsylvania congressman to call the abstinence approach “a case of substituting rigid, untested ideology for well-tested and scientifically defensible measurements of how young people behave … It’s insanity. It’s nuts.” Under the congressman’s approach manipulation becomes everything and even the possibility of morality disappears. Another problem is the piecemeal nature of the analysis—what happens if we spend $135 million on this and leave everything else just as it is? Not a lot, of course, when the problem is so extensive.
What do we need to do to get ourselves out of this hole?