This is troubling. On a couple levels.
Stacie Murphy, a policy associate at Population Connection, decided to take an online test to become a “Certified Abstinence Educator.”
I have no medical background, no public health training and no teaching certification, but according to the Abstinence Clearinghouse I am now qualified to go into schools across the country and teach your children “everything they need to know” about sex…
A little digging led me to the Web site of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, which, for $50, sent me a password to the online Certification Exam. The site also helpfully suggested that I purchase their publication “Abstinence 101,” which, I was assured, would enable me to pass the test and “fight the war against comprehensive sex education” — for just another $20. Instead, I decided to wing it by choosing for most questions the most absurd answer from the options available.
One question asked me to identify the founder of “Playboy” magazine. Another asked whether premarital sex or abstinence was more likely to lead to “stunted personal development,” and “corruption of character.”
A true/false question read, “Contraception may be appropriate for some unmarried adults and teens.” Knowing my audience, I (correctly, according to my testers) chose “false.”
Finally, I was asked to write a paragraph about why abstinence was so important. I purposely made my statement as vague and inane as possible, just to see what would happen. How did I do? I passed with 89 percent.
This is what passes for sex education in too many places across America. The idea that passing this absurd test makes me or Derek or anyone else a qualified educator is ridiculous. But it’s not as ridiculous as continuing to use taxpayer money to fund this nonsense.
(The machetes bit at the beginning of the piece is funny, though. Check that bit out.)
I would imagine most readers are against abstinence-only sex education. Many of you might be in favor of the ABC method: Abstinence, Be faithful, use a Condom.
Out of curiosity, is there anyone who would advocate sex education that didn’t include abstinence at all?