Since 1991, teen pregnancies in the United States have declined by one-third, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers at the CDC also have found that 46.8 percent of high school students say they have had intercourse, a 13 percent decline over that same period.Then again, I'm not holding my breath.
Still, if he isn't to be given credit for that which has gone right (including the report cited above that rolls in numbers relating to the years when Bush was yet governor of Texas), should he be roundly criticized for that which hasn't gone so well?
Abstinence works only if practicedOr maybe they have paid close attention to it. See the San Francisco Chronicle quote above.
Roanoke Times editorial
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday reported that one of every four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease. The ratio is far worse for black girls: Nearly half were infected with diseases that can lead to cervical cancer and infertility.
Because this study is the first of its kind by the CDC, there really is no way to state with authority that the number of teens with STDs is higher or lower since the Bush administration tied federal sex education funds to abstinence-only curricula.
Obviously, though, many teens ignore the narrowly focused message. (link)
Here's the reality of the situation, taking all the studies (and the "analysis" that goes along with them) into account - all those favorable to the Times's argument and those against:
That which is preached in our public schools - and by politicians - with regard to "sex education" has no real impact on the sexual habits of young people here in the USA. I'll never credit to President Bush for any positive trends; others are foolish for criticizing him for any and all negative trends that might arise over time.
Neither teachers nor presidents influence childrens' decision-making all that much, when it comes down to it.
A far more effective force in the training and education of our young?
Now and always.