Abstinence ed is now ‘risk avoidance’

Abstinence-only sex education has been rebranded as “risk avoidance” sex ed, writes Ed Week‘s Ross Brenneman.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) wants to increase grants for risk avoidance ed in response to a Centers for Disease Control report that says young people ages 15 to 24 are responsible for half of all new cases of sexually transmitted infections.

Abstinence-education groups claim “risk avoidance abstinence education” is more effective than comprehensive sex education.

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  1. Makes sense to me. I have always found it so bizarre that kids are asked to change their habits and lifestyles for whatever nutritional or safety fad comes along, except for sexual activity. All child freedoms are fair game for the nanny staters unless it might impact sexual license. Why that exemption?