Posts tagged with: education

Sex education versus abstinence only education

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I am a Christian woman.
I support waiting to have sex until a person is married.
HOWEVER, I know the majority of people do not believe the way that I do.
I fully believe in educating the majority – those who choose to have sex outside of marriage.

My long-term goal is to go into HIV/AID education prevention … internationally … in places where sex more often than not happens before, after, during and outside of marriage. I want to work in HIV/AIDS prevention with communities and cultures where condoms are taboo. I want to work with women who feel as though they have no say in their own sex life. I want to educate these women on the fact that they have a choice. They can fight.

I recently watched The Education of Shelby Knox on NetFlix (onDemand … oh how I love thee!) and connected so deeply to Shelby’s motivations and goals that I would like to meet her in person to speak with her, to hug her, to offer her my full support as a woman a decade older than her. This week’s goal is to find a way to reach her and let her know that I fully support the works she is involved in to see what else I can do to further the mission that we both share. One of the quotes, from the movie (that I stayed up until 1am to finish!) that clearly resonated was: “God cannot use blind followers.” My eyes are open wide, and I hope that yours will be, too.

Just because I am a Christian woman does not mean that I believe you can’t TEACH sexual education. Abstinence only education does not work – it has been proven time and time again. Abstinence education ALONG with condom and other forms of birth control use on the other on hand has been shown to reduce teen pregnancy, reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), but still, it is rarely taught within the public education system. This needs to change.

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Personal Update

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For those of you who have been reading for a while, you know that I was accepted to the University of South Carolina for their master’s program in public health education. I accepted their offer and went to visit. I fell in love with the city, the people and the program. I was set to move until about three weeks ago when I started doing some intense calculations.

I have a good job that I love. In fact, I’m getting a raise at the end of the month and a promotion in the beginning of May (at my anniversary!). I really enjoy working with the bank, the people AT the bank, and do well at my job on top of it all. I hit my year goal in six months. I’m pretty proud of that! So, since the economy is such a piece of work right now, I’ve decided NOT to give up my fantastic job, a steady job, a job which I’m great at, for graduate school.

I’m working on a mental list of places I’ll apply for the next year (or maybe the year after that, who knows) and my search for a perfect volunteer place has started. I don’t quite know what the future holds for me, but for now it holds steady in a town I love, surrounded by people I love, doing things I love.

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Patient, consumer or health activist?

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My co-worker, posted a thought-provoking entry on the WEGO Health blog asking people to write about whether they were patients, consumers of health activists. What do you think? Are you consumer? Are you a patient? Are you simply a health activist?

I threw my $0.02 in there and would love it if you’d head over and check it out – and add your pennies, too!

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Pregnancy Pact Prompts Pill Promotion

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I read an interesting story about June’s news on the “pregnancy pacts that occurred at Gloucester High School. The whole story just boggles my mind; but that’s me. Do you remember the story? 17 teen girls from one high school ended up pregnant – so that they could be pregnant together. Anyway, the whole point of this blog was that ‘Pregnancy Pact’ Prompts High School to Hand out Birth Control. I am encouraged that a situation with such drastic results has ended up in a positive position.

Reading that story made me think about what I believe with regards to birth control and teenagers.

I believe that birth control should be offered in high schools. I also believe that education about birth control should be mandatory. Without the education part of that equation, I don’t think that condoms or birth control methods should be offered within a high school, but with the proper education, most teenagers can figure out the best method for their own sexual protection.

Expect a quick blog post here shortly about my own birth control recommendations for high schoolers.

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Save money while at college

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Studies show that people with college degrees make more money than those who don’t – about 50% more money just for a bachelor’s degree, in fact.If you go on to earn your PhD, however you can make upwards of 200% what you would have earned without any degree. College is worth it, but college is expensive. For the 2007/2008 year, one-year costs were averaged as so:

  • $13,126 for students at two-year public college
  • $17,336 for students at four-year public colleges & universities
  • $35,374 for students at four-year private colleges & universities
  • $27,791 for students at four-year out-of-state universities

College costs seem to be increasing at twice the inflation rate! How ever are you going to afford to send your children (or even yourself) to college? The best tip I’ve ever received is to remember that community college credits transfer to four-year big-name universities at sometimes one-quarter of the cost! Save money on room & board (if you can deal continuing to live with your parents) as well as on your education while you live at home and spend two years taking your basic classes (Math 111! Chemistry 101! Writing 121!) at the community college level. Transfer those credits to your big-name four-year university and know that you’re actually smarter than those who didn’t transfer – you have an entire year’s worth of tuition in your savings account! You can even choose to take online classes and have those credits transferred to the university of your choice.

While a degree is an expensive piece of paper, it’s worth it in the long run, and you can afford to go!

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