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I just started my new semester and I now have to take health. Recently, while I was doing reading for homework, I came across s section titled " Lifestyle Factors" It talks about what you need to do in order to maintain optimum health. Then there is a list of all "lifestyle factors that promote good health" One of the things included says " abstaining from sexual activity before marriage." There is also a whole section in the book promoting abstinence. I just read some of your article "No new money ", and I was wondering if my book is an example of government funding for abstinence programs. To add some personal opinion on the matter, in a way I feel offended by how they give premaritial sex a horrible name. I myself have not had sex, but people very close to me have(before marriage). I don't think that I will wait until I am maried to have sex, but is premartial sex really that horrible that teens need to be drowned in abstinence education?
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There are a lot of factors that go into textbook selection, but the main one is Texas. No, really. Texas is the largest textbook market, so (unfortunately) we tend to dictate what can stay in textbooks, especially about health and science, and what has to go. Texas sets the standard in textbooks for the rest of the nation.

State boards of education and panels of teachers are the ones who make these decisions. Of course, there is a lot of money involved, too. At the textbook level, though, it is more likely (Texas) state and local politics that dictate what's in your health books.

In the case of stand-alone abstinence-only programs like Project Self-Respect and (ooh, I'm blanking out here) other of those week-long sort of courses in the schools, that's where that money for abstinence-only goes. Textbooks mostly have to do with the prevailing political attitude, but I think some assistance to the schools may be conditional on whether they teach abstinence before marriage in their health programs.

There's a good discussion and a little more background on this here:

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see y'all in Ethics and Politics

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