I am so frustrated by the liberal tendency towards thinking about things to do death and writing about thinking about things to death! We need to get some serious passion flowing through our veins, folks!

Comprehensive sex education teaches teenagers to value their body and their lover’s body for the rest of their lives. It teaches them respect for the human body and the pleasure it can bring. It teaches them to take ownership of their body and their choices. Comprehensive sex education must be in the lives of each and every teenager to teach them the responsibilities and the values that come with decisions about sexuality. Comprehensive sex education is the most critical thing for teenagers to learn – more important than anything else they could possibly learn in high school because it is has to do with the very center of the human experience, and will remain there, at the most intimate and critical level of each and every person for their entire lives.

And, in direct contradiction to their very own report on the issue, Congress is about to vote to increase funding to abstinence only programs. This is so vastly inappropriate and unacceptable I cannot find the words to express my outrage fully. But needless to say, this decision will continue to cut nation-wide attempts to bring thoughtfulness and good judgment into the current wasteland that is the high school “health” class.

Advocates for Youth recently wrote this in an e-mail:

We’ve just gotten word that Democratic leaders in Congress are not only set to fully fund failed abstinence-only programs – they want to INCREASE funding for these ineffective and harmful programs to $140 million!

…only weeks after receiving a congressionally mandated report stating yet again that these programs don’t work, Congress is now planning to waste even more money on these ideologically driven and harmful programs!

I don’t know which is worse – that Congress continues to throw good money after bad on programs that censor life-saving information about condoms and contraception or that our Democratic “friends” in Congress are totally selling out America’s youth.

Advocates has set up an easy way to express your outrage to the congressional leaders who are currently looking at increasing this inappropriate, irresponsible, and wasteful funding.

Get passionate about this issue – these are our children, they deserve the truth, and we are the adults responsible for giving it to them.

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.

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  1. This is very hard for me to read – I believe it is necessary for us to feel passion and take action, but so many of us are wrapped up in taking care of ourselves and our families, it is hard to find the time and attention to be actively involved in a political realm. To those of you who manage to do this – how do you do it? What is the cost to you and your life?

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