April 14, 2007
|Abstaining From Abstinence||Politics|
There seems to be a penchant on the Right for policies that fit their prejudices and preconceived notions but just don't work. Trickle-down, for example, in all its forms. And abstinence education. AP:
Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex a few years later as those who did not, according to a long-awaited study mandated by Congress.
Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes, and they first had sex at about the same age as their control group counterparts — 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
The federal government now spends about $176 million annually on abstinence-until-marriage education. Critics have repeatedly said they don't believe the programs are working, and the study will give them reinforcement. [Emphasis added]
Don't expect this kind of scientific study to make a dent, however. The purpose of the programs is to use public funds to reinforce a political/cultural agenda. Who cares if they actually work. Besides, the jury's still out on that science thing.