May 28 2010
More on this business with teen pregnancy rates going down. And the explanations from the self-satisfied “experts” that of course their kind of sex-ed in school caused teens suddenly to become more careful about not getting pregnant.
Sexual literacy (the result of sex education in schools) and access to contraceptives are cited as two key reasons Canada’s teen pregnancy rate fell dramatically between 1996 and 2006, according to a study by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty backed away from plans to introduce an expanded sex ed curriculum this fall, after a public outcry fueled by religious groups. Yet the research from the Sex Information and Education Council does seem to imply that arming young Canadians with information about sex has positive impact. Between 1996 and 2006, teen pregnancy rates in Canada dropped by 37 per cent — more steeply than in the United States, Sweden or the United Kingdom.
Bosh. This implies that 1) the only way to become “sexually literate” is by going through school-based sex ed; that 2) religious parents are against “arming” their own personal young Canadians with information about sex; and that 3) there is significantly less sex-ed in the US than there is in Canada, which I find surprising at best. I’m no expert on religion, but there is not one normal parent I know (religious or not) who’s in favour of keeping their pre-teens and teens in the dark about sex and sexuality (not that they could if they tried). It’s just that not everybody likes the way public sex-ed teachers go about teaching the kids, and I’m guessing a lot of the objections parents have to school-based sex-ed is that it doesn’t talk about morality, the importance of commitment, or anything much outside of pure sex mechanics. Being an expert at unrolling a condom but having no idea why committed, stable relationships are also the ones in which the sex is better doesn’t strike me as fitting the definition of being “armed with information about sex”.
But then, I’m not an expert.