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Here’s quite an interesting set of figures for you to reflect on.

In the USA, fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low. More young people are finishing high school, too, and more little kids are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation’s children.  Read the details here.

In the UK, we have the HIGHEST under-18 teen birth rate in western Europe, one in three under-15 year olds have had sex and many of these don’t use condoms correctly hence the rocketing rates of STD’s.

Why is there such a vast difference? The US trends seem reasonably positive but the UK is going nowhere.

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  1. They worked very hard to turn things around. They changed the teenage culture. We can’t do that over here because in government we have a bunch of asses who are only interested in PC, and tipping their forelocks to Europe.
    Schools worked with parents, not against them, or treated them as if they didn’t exsist. It all boils down to the fact that parental responsibility has gone, it has been eroded by state interference.

  2. Hannah,

    Yes, when the State takes OVER the role of parent, it’s on the way to hell in a handcart.

  3. It has to be something unique in our culture – an automatic assumption that the State will take care of you no matter what you do? An unusual absorption of the pop cultural meassge that sex is all, regardless of the consequences? I’m similarly confounded when asked why UK youth binge drink so much (though the latter is a classless issue). I don’t see any major failings in current health/sex education. Im perplexed .

    If you have responsible parents teaching kids about sex then I dont see why they should worry about what the state does or does not do. How can state interference erode personal responsibility if the latter exists?

  4. Oh, Oh, dear. When I read this report all my mind automatically does is try to discern where they are cheating on their statistics.

    For instance, high school graduates are up – but can they read? Believe it or not I know two 18 y/old kids who cannot read.

    Number of teenage births down. What’s the statistics for number of abortions?

    Do you see what I’m doing? I can’t help myself.

  5. David – a report somewhere i read yesterday confirms what Monica points out. I think abortions are up.

    If you consider that the no.1 career choice for tweens is pole dancing and that parents arent bothered what their kids are up to these days its not really surprising.

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