Abstinence Only Education? Seriously? Come on, it's 2008; get real. After all, kids WILL BE kids.
I'm sorry to disagree with this method, but I have to tell you saying "Hey kids, don't have sex" is almost as stupid as saying "Hey kids, don't drink and drive." Absolutely barbaric.
It's time to wake up and face the ugly fact that they're going to do it anyway.
So what now?
I'll tell you; WE MUST EDUCATE OUR TEENS.
I propose that once a semester during health class we take these naive, young, little kiddos out to the parking lot, get them liquored up and teach the how to drink and drive PROPERLY.
EDUCATION IS THE ONLY ANSWER, and safe drunk driving is the only way we're going to see alcohol related death rates lowered.
We must teach these youth, step by step, how to put on their safety belts while holding a 40 oz. beer, otherwise we have no one to blame but ourselves when their brown paper bag breaks and alcohol gets all over the upholstery. They didn't know any better; they WEREN'T TAUGHT how to properly secure the bag. They also need to know what resources are available to them if their own old-fashioned parents aren't willing to buy them alcohol. The last thing we want is them purchasing adult beverages in some dark, Tijuana, back alley...it's just not safe. It's vital that kids have access to this information, whether or not their prehistoric parents agree, or we will have no one to blame but ourselves when they end up getting hurt.
ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION IS JUST AS ABSURD AS SOBRIETY ONLY EDUCATION.