- Get at least a high school degree
- Work full time
- Marry before having children
Researchers Ron Haskins and Isabell Sawhill call it “The Success Sequence” in their book Creating an Opportunity Society. The steps to take for achieving success are described very simply as
There is some GOOD NEWS: There was another decline in the percentage of high school students who reported they had ever had sex (it went from 47.8% to 39.5%) and another decrease among teens who had four or more sexual partners (from 14.9% to 9.7%). Those represent the lowest levels since the CDC began conducting the survey in 1991.
The BAD NEWS: The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (taken every other year) indicates that in STD increases in 2017 were the FOURTH consecutive year for record-setting cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis reported to the CDC in 2017. Nearly 2.3 million, surpassing the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases. This is linked to more bad news, the number of sexually active students using condoms has decreased, again.
Of sexually active students, only 53.8% used a condom during last sex. This represents a major failure since the primary strategy promoted by the CDC, educators and clinicians to avoid infection is the use of condoms. There are more messages than ever about using “protection,” but not only do teens fail to use them, the condoms fail to do the protecting those educators expect. The truth is they provide little or no help for the STDs that have the steep and sustained increases (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis) reported in the YBRS.
Even the CDC’s message is “The correct use of condoms helps to prevent the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and 15-24 year-olds account for half of all new STD infections in the U.S.” (emphasis mine.)
Helps to prevent?! How much help? They provide little to no help against STDs passed by contact with infected skin (those STDs do not have to be reported to the CDC annually.)
Let’s be real, the increase in the number of STDs is directly related to the predominant sex education strategy of risk REDUCTION instead of risk ELIMINATION.
Please remind your children, the only 100% effective strategy is to AVOID having sex with uninfected partners or have sex only with a faithful uninfected partner. That means, the best protection is MAKE SMART CHOICES!
On June 25, 2018, Science magazine published an article announcing “There Is No Biological Difference Between Male And Female Brains.” Awkward! Just one month later, (7/17/18) Boston Globe published new research outlining MORE differences between the sexes.
In particular, the before and after anatomical magnetic resonance imaging on women pre- and post-pregnancy, compared to women who had never been pregnant and men. This research discovered a dramatic difference in the volume of gray matter in post-natal female brains, particularly in the organ's social regions.
Jodi Pawluski, a researcher at University of Rennes 1 in France, was surprised at how much women's brains actually transform after having children. Motherhood is one of the most significant biological events a woman has in her life.
If you have received this newsletter for any length of time, you know that a regular feature is the “Coach’s Corner” on the back. We try to offer conversation starters or exercises for parents to help with adolescent brain development.
In order to connect behaviors to their predictable consequences, a teen needs reward and repetition. Repetition to build a solid neural network and reward to make it a pleasant experience they will want to repeat.
Since that has been a regular feature for several years, we finally put them all together into an FREE ebook. You can download your copy here, www.PositivelyWaiting.com — go to “Book-N-Stuff” enter some info and get a link.
The objective is to get you and your teens regularly engaged in conversations that will help with brain maturation and self-control. Please don’t put it off, thinking there will be time later,
Sex education today is not about biology, it’s about advocacy. Meet the people who created modern Sex Ed.
Mary Calderone, a former medical director at Planned Parenthood, founded the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) in 1964 with seed money provided by Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy.
Like her hero sexual sadist and porn addict, Alfred Kinsey,
ORANGE COUNTY, California, April 19, 2018: California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms. Under the auspices of “health,” the law says it will equip students to develop “healthy attitudes” on “gender [and] sexual orientation,” among other things. It also says it will inform students about the “effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods,” and facilitate “objective discussion” about “parenting, adoption, and abortion.”
Among the teaching materials approved for use under this law are a study guide for the transgender children’s book I Am Jazz, as well as a “sexual health toolkit.” The toolkit outlines the views and “approved discussion guidelines” for teachers, healthcare providers, counselors AND parents. Of course, they only allow ONE perspective.
In a 3/29/18 memo to the Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Department of Education general counsel Ronald Wenkart says that the law’s opt-out provision “does not apply to instruction, materials, or programming that discusses gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, relationships, or family and does not discuss human reproductive organs.”
Planned Parenthood now offers hormone therapy to MINORS. Their reasoning is gender confused youth may have difficulty getting sex “change” hormones because “a lot of doctors can be judgmental.” PP says it’s important to give children “medications that affect the changes they’re looking for.”
While other transgender hormone dispensing clinics require a therapist’s letter before giving out the body-altering drugs, Planned Parenthood does not. The organization’s policy is to simply inform gender dysphoric youth of the risks of treatment. When the patient acknowledges having been told the risks,
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 200 related viruses. HPV infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States. About 14 million new genital HPV infections occur each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated that more than 90% of sexually active men and 80%, sexually active women will be infected with at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.
More than 40 HPV types can be easily spread by contact with infected skin or mucous membranes, through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The other HPV types are responsible for non-genital warts, but are not sexually transmitted.
Last month’s newsletter asked PW supporters to mail a postcard to the Executive Director/Principal of Granada Hills Charter High. The card expressed thanks for standing up to bullies who wanted to keep our message out of school.
This is how the meeting with his staff went They had 3 main misconceptions which needed to be addressed.
Their misconception: This was an “abstinence only” curriculum.
Our clarification: We never even use the word "abstinence." In truth, we are not offering a curriculum at all, but rather, we use our personal story to help teens process the material the curriculum covered.
Their misconception: Since girls were told they could say one thing (to receive the pin) and boys were told another, students thought we were “gender-typing.”
Our clarification: We chose to divide the girls and the boys to be sure some of the students would receive a pin from Jim -
It's not fun to be a school administrator who handles the complaints from parents. The knee-jerk reaction is to respond to that one person as a representative of all other parents. Even when there are good reasons to think the complainer might be in the minority.
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Karen Kropf is the founder and program director for Positively Waiting. *** Married to Jim Kropf (also known as "Bear").