A solution to teen pregnancy rates

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Telegraph Journal, February 13, 2013 I am writing in response to the news regarding the 40 per cent increase of teen pregnancies in New Brunswick between 2006 and 2010 ("Teen pregnancy on the rise in N.B."The Daily Gleaner, Feb. 6). Many predicted that the current curriculum in sex education (implemented in schools the year 2005) would only increase sexual activity among teens. I feel parents must get involved. Students need to be guided and educated in truth instead of confusing messages. We, the parents, are the primary educators of our children and have the right to oversee what they are being taught in schools. Since 2010, I have been aware of the alarming rate of STI and pregnancy in New Brunswick and had the desire to continue my search for a good public sex education curriculum. In my search, I found one in United States. I have studied several curricula over the years and at last I feel this is the one that makes the difference. This science-proven, abstinence-based school curriculum, entitled Healthy Respect , is the answer to reduce sexual activity among teens. Data collected about this curriculum shows success in reducing sexual activity by 50 per cent among teens. When compared to other curricula, the teens receiving this curriculum during high school are 60 per cent less likely to be expelled from school, 50 per cent less likely to drop out of school and twice as likely to graduate from university or college. Students develop self-respect, self-esteem and form positive peer groups, as well as the ability to think critically and independently based on goals and desires in life. GINA COTE Miramichi  

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