My friends at Century Of The Common Iowan have pointed out that I made a statement that wasn’t very clear. Sometimes I assume people know what I’m talking about, and this is a case where that was a really bad assumption.
In talking about the Briston Palin controversy, I had said:
It’s unfortunate that the society that has been largely built over the last 50 years on the social philosophy of the extreme Left makes it so difficult for parents to keep their children from engaging in activities that lead to pregnancy.
You’re right, I led with my thoughts but not with a clear explanation of how I got there. I really have got to do better.
Anyhow, here’s a reply I left at Century …
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Wednesday’s WSJ had a blurb to this effect… one of those one sentence things that doesn’t say who did the study, or any real details, just that such “programs fail to affect teenage sexual behavior”. I am convinced that such programs can work, but ONLY if they have consistent support from parents, including teach, reinforcing and, demonstrating the behavior. I believe that the trends in teenage sexual activity and pregnancy are the direct result of parents who 1) don’t provide adequate time to their children, 2) don’t teach them correct relationship and behavior mores, 3) don’t themselves believe in those mores, and 4) don’t (or didn’t) practice those mores themselves. I’ve seen it happen in my own family and others over the years, and no …