Tulsa gets sex ed

Finally, some good news: Tulsa public schools are getting sex ed.

This is kind of a big deal, because Tulsa is both religious and conservative – it's known for its innumerable historic and modern churches, and it's home to Oral Roberts University and Rhema Bible College; Oklahoma is also the only state in the union in which every county voted for John McCain in 2008.

Surely all this religion and conservatism would produce a veritable utopia, right? Errr....
According to recent statistics, Oklahoma has the fifth-highest rate of teen births in the nation among 15- to 19-year-olds and the second-highest rate in births to teens ages 18-19.

Another report determined that the 7,581 births to Oklahoma teens in 2008 cost state taxpayers an estimated $190 million. About a third of those births were to teens ages 17 or younger while 89 were to girls ages 10 to 14.
Thus far, Oklahoma's sex ed has looked something like this:


So here it is in 2012, and some of these people are finally starting to realize that ignorance isn't bliss. If we want young people to behave responsibly, we have to educate them – and that includes how to use contraceptives and protect themselves from STDs. As the saying goes, abstinence and condoms both work, but abstinence has a much higher rate of failure.

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