Coles, Adrienne D. “Abstinence Education Growing in Popularity.” Education Week, vol. 20, no. 5, Oct. 2000, p. 5. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=3654656&site=ehost-live.
This source comments on the popularity of abstience-based sex education in the United States, but it is evident that the author is writing with a pro-comprehensive sex education approach. Ultimately, this source argues that teaching in itself abstinence is a good thing, however, abstinence-based programs are unrealistic in regard to expecting kids to wait until marriage to engage in sexual activity. This was a new perspective that I had not previously considered. The abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught. Abstinence is a limited, but effective strategy until young adults start engaging in sexual activity with little knowledge of safe sex practices and contraceptive methods.
This source has definitely changed my perspective on abstinence, but it reaffirmed that abstinence-based sex education programs are not beneficial. Through my research, I have narrowed the problem in Utah to our abstinence-based sex education programs combined with our opt-in method of parental consent.