Friday, May 8, 2015

Kids These Days

The attention span of a teenager is roughly that of an Irish setter (this is not to put the knock on kids; the same can be said of the average adult — SQUIRREL!), and getting them to pay attention in school when there are many other distractions going on, including the raging hormones that turn the slightest breeze into a towering urge to do something about the circus going on in their trousers, is basically impossible.

So why is anyone at all surprised that there’s an outbreak of chlamydia at a high school in Texas where they teach “abstinence-only” sex education?

District officials are rethinking their approach to sex education after 20 of Crane High School’s 300 students tested positive for the sexually transmitted disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called the outbreak a health issue at “epidemic proportions,” KFOR reported.

Crane Independent School District officials met Monday to discuss possible updates to the high school’s conservative sex education program.

“We do have an abstinence curriculum, and that evidently ain’t working,” superintendent Jim Rumage told the TV station. “We need to do all we can, although it’s the parents’ responsibility to educate their kids on sexual education.”

However, Rumage defended the current teachings to the San Antonio Express-News.

“If kids are not having any sexual activity, they can’t get this disease,” he said. “That’s not a bad program.”

Well, yeah, and if they don’t breathe, they won’t catch a cold, either.

HT to Balloon Juice.

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  1. Balloon Juice took this apart last night. There was a particularly infuriating exchange (in part because wingnut doofus, in part because WordPress doesn’t like multiple links in a comment) where the idjit nitpicking the discussion apparently wanted the link to the YouTube video in which the commenter personally interviewed the Crane school district officials that explicitly said 20 HS students were infected before s/he’d believe the story. As if – given Midland/Odessa’s horrific STD infection rates – the story were in any way unbelievable.

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