NO EVIDENCE of Reducing STD's
NO EVIDENCE of Reducing Teen Pregnancy
Contains Harmful Elements
While called an “abstinence-plus” curriculum, Big Decisions: Making Healthy, Informed Choices about Sex (volume 4) gives little credence to abstinence, failing to set abstinence as a standard or even to promote or teach the benefits of delaying sexual debut.
Instead, Big Decisions targets children 13- to 15-years old with shrewdly cloaked content, including “fun-sounding” games and role plays, to prepare children, and even encourage them, to be sexually active.
Activity 9.2, Situation #1, After School, gives the following as part of the scenario for children role play:
In fact, on page 13 of the introduction to Big Decisions (4th edition), the curriculum writers admit:
“An evaluation of Big Decisions: an abstinence-plus sexuality curriculum” was published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy in 2010. Although the study claims that the “results suggest that Big Decisions provides a promising approach,” when it comes to “reaching minority students with both abstinence and risk-reduction message[s],” the study was conducted by the curriculum developers themselves (who, of course, would want the program to appear “promising”). The study consisted only of a pre- and post-test survey that didn’t measure changes in behavior or actual outcomes regarding sexual debut, pregnancy, STDs or condom use. Instead, it measured only the students’ self-reported “changes in attitudes” and in “behavioral intentions,” or what the students said they intended to do.
For more evidence on the ineffectiveness of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), visit SexEdReport.org to see the latest, most comprehensive analysis on CSE programs.
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