We like to call it the “Wait-a-While” program

This just in: apparently, according to one study, certain types of abstinence ed programs might just work. For a while. This has erupted in the blogosphere, where conservatives are saying, See we told you so! and liberals are pointing out that

…the curriculum tested did not represent most abstinence programs. It did not take a moralistic tone, as many abstinence programs do. Most notably, the sessions encouraged children to delay sex until they are ready, not necessarily until married; did not portray sex outside marriage as never appropriate; and did not disparage condoms.”

The main point for me is that they started with twelve-year-olds. Perhaps that might work. But I can tell them, by high school it’s pretty much too late. Last year my kids had to attend a bizarre assembly¬† during which a woman speaker used food props to tell the kids that “girls’ brains are mixed up, like spaghetti, but boys’ brains are compartmentalized, like waffles.” The idea being that girls, once sexually active, would be Levitra unable to separate those feelings from the rest of their activities, and they would lose focus on whatever they were trying to achieve. (I guess she was also saying it was okay for the waffle-brained boys to hump like minks, but maybe that’s unfair.) A girl seated behind DD-16 snorted, “Huh. Nothin like that happened to me.

There was also something about crock-pots and microwaves—I think this woman needs to get out of the kitchen, frankly. And there were the usual dire warnings about STDs, thank God without food imagery. Anyway. Pretty much all the kids, even the “good” honor kids, thought the whole thing was extremely funny. Then they went right back to extravagantly lying on those surveys they make them take about drug and alcohol use and sexual experience.

As I believe I’ve said before in this forum, I wish to God schools could just focus on teaching. You know, the regular subjects. But I think we passed that point long ago.

Four more months…

6 Responses to “We like to call it the “Wait-a-While” program”

  1. Bill says:

    Come on Del, what good is an STD warning without some quality food imagery?

  2. Kathy says:

    This is a painful reminder of a bachelorette party I attended some years ago where the entertainment was a woman selling, ahem, marital aids. She made repeated references to “tacos” and “burritos”. For God’s sake, if one is selling lifelike vibrating dildos, not to mention edible panties, surely one can use the words “penis” and “vagina” without embarrassment.

  3. Del says:

    OMG, not tacos. I clearly remember seeing a T-shirt in the French Quarter that said something about if God hadn’t meant for… I’m sure you know the rest…made it look so much like a taco. The memory of this T-shirt made me gape with amazement when I saw that Moe’s had actually NAMED one of their menu offerings “I Said Bring the Posse” and of course, it’s the taco plate. (I still can’t believe they actually did that.)

    Hmm, just checked their menu and it seems to be gone. I sense a giant time suck of Moe’s menu Googling coming on…

  4. Del says:

    Ah, that didn’t take long at all. Well I was wrong, it was a quesadilla, the name was just “I Said Posse” and this guy knows all about the name change. (Now it’s called “Instant Friend.”)

  5. I would have paid good money to sit through that assembly. I’ll bet it was rather entertaining. Of course, I might have gotten a few looks for laughing. I’m not good at holding it in.

    Adam and I have already talked about talking to our daughter about sex. We figure we’ll start with some toned down version of it at about age six. Yep. Age six, mostly for things like inappropriate touching, etc. Once she hits about 11 or 12, we might get into the bigger stuff, but we will definitely discuss condoms and proper usage since I doubt that will be covered at school. I’d love to believe she’ll save herself for marriage, but I’m also a bit of a realist, and I’m not willing to jeopardize her health or future because I’m playing chicken with her hormones.

    The biggest problem so far has been what to call her vagina when we were toilet training. With boys, it’s so much easier at young ages because “penis” is an easy word to say. We said long ago that we wouldn’t use silly words for anatomy. So we went with “front” and “bottom.” Then she started talking about a “tail” and we figured out she’d noticed the difference between boys and girls, so now Adam has to keep the door locked when he goes. If only those innocent years lasted longer… *sigh*

  6. Patti says:

    Two things:

    1) I am so glad that I decided to not breed. Pets are so much easier! LOL

    2) I am glad that I never used that undergrad degree in Education – especially now that I live in this lovely red state.

    Goodness, why do we mess with kids and treat them like morons? As I have read about them for years, these abstinence ed programs have been driving me batty. It comes down to religious nut cases. But alas, I know. I’m preaching to choir here. :-)

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