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November 18, 2017

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Abstinence-only education
Last Featured: 6/14/2004

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Overview

Students may snicker in class, but to parents and the 81,000 teachers involved, “sex ed” is no laughing matter. To the delight of conservatives, Congress appropriated more than $100 million for abstinence-only education programs in 2003. Supporters heralded the move for they blame comprehensive sex education for increases in teenage sex and pregnancy. Opponents deride the policy shift as dangerously simplistic and naïve. They argue that teens have always been sexually active, will continue to be so, and, in an age of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, that “just say no”, just isn’t enough.


Guests
Wade F. Horn is the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this appointment in 2001, Dr. Horn was President of the National Fatherhood Initiative. He served as Commissioner for Children, Youth and Families and Chief of the Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (1989-1993). He also served as a Presidential appointee to the National Commission on Children (1990-1993), was a member of the National Commission on Childhood Disability (1994-1995), and the U.S. Advisory Board on Welfare Indicators (1996-1997).

James Wagoner assumed the helm of Advocates for Youth in September 1997. A respected public policy and reproductive health expert, Mr. Wagoner previously served as executive vice president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), where he was instrumental in shaping NARAL’s communications, policy, and public education campaigns. Prior to that, Mr. Wagoner served as chief of staff to Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum (D-OH), where he started as special assistant on aging and later became legislative assistant to two key Senate panels: the Budget Committee (1983-1986) and the Labor and Human Resources Committee (1986-1988).

Closing Quote
"There are only two reasons why any child decides to give up something he wants to do or to do something he doesn’t like. One is fear, and punishment is the enforcer. The other is the wish to please someone important, and love is the enforcer. ... The important question is which predominates .... When it is love, self-discipline builds the structure of consciousness."

— Leontine Young

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