If I told you the only way to ever lose weight was to never eat any of the foods you enjoyed, you would probably not be the least bit interested in being healthy. There would be some people who were willing to ignore temptation and be healthy individuals, but many would probably be tempted into cheating at least once in a while.
I think abstinence only education has about the same chances of working. Ever since hearing that Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, an advocate of abstinence only education, is the mother of a pregnant teen, I’ve beet thinking about all of the failures of this type of program. There are going to be some teens who are for it. They’re going to hold firm to their beliefs and wait until they’re ready to have sex. Other teens are going to determine they are ready and like it or not, they’re going to do what they want.
I think it’s obvious that abstinence only education isn’t the answer for every kid. A cookie cutter solution isn’t going to stop teen sex, and if you ignore all of the other options, you’re basically sweeping the issue under the rug and pretending it doesn’t exist.
I know there are those who think that teaching kids about sex education is like giving them permission to have sex, but I think in the long run, you need to give kids the ability to be safe and responsible and hope that they make the right choices. If you’re preventing them from getting the knowledge they need to make informed decisions, you’re just setting them up for failure.