And now for a moment of levity over a very serious matter. First, the serious matter: abstinence-only sex education programs and teenage pregnancy. In my opinion, having abstinence-only sex education programs without the alternatives discussed in a meaningful and open dialog is like instructing your newly-licensed kids that there is only thing they need to operate a vehicle: an ignition key. Not discussing safety belts & a myriad of other topics with them about operating such a vehicle is stupid and potentially physically & mentally harmful to them with long-lasting effects. I’d argue it’s criminally negligent, but that might be hard-sell for some. I respect that, but in my opinion, the same principle applies to sex education.
Not having kids understand the long-reaching repercussions of an unwanted or ill-timed pregnancy or of the contractible STDs out there is similar to not teaching your kids about gasoline, oil, car maintenance, how to change a tire, how to drive in bad weather, keeping your insurance current, how to handle an accident scene, possibilities for impaired judgment when friends are in the car with you, the dangers of drinking & driving, the effects of a DUI on your record, etc. Despite all good intentions of abstinence-only education, if you only give your kids one method for dealing with a situation, especially as complicated and unpredictable as teenage sex, they will be the ones suffering in the long run, just as someone ill-prepared for when the car breaks down or is in a head-on collision with alcohol involved. [more]
This blog is in response to AllStar13913's blog post found here. Mike, you really got me thinking about your post, and I started writing... and writing... so I decided to post it here in my blog. [more]
This is mostly a re-post of a reply that I gave bhessel in his/her blog found here, with some extra comments tossed in for good measure. Even though the blog was featured on CAPS' main page, I think it deserves continued attention because I'd like to see the CAPS Team expand upon the searching techniques currently available to us within CAPS, limited as they are. I would encourage anyone who wants more searching options put in place to leave their comments here for the CAPS Team to review at their leisure. Thanks. Here's to better data mining for the common CAPS player! [more]
Wa-hoo! I'm back in the Top 100, coming in at # 90 today! [more]