Kathryn Jean Lopez over at National Review Online takes a closer look at the Cosmo feature and one abstinence education program that is having success in Newark:
"The non-profit Best Friends Foundation sponsored an essay contest asking participants in its abstinence-education program to explain the program’s significance in their lives. Hannah, a sixth-grader at Louise A. Spencer Elementary School, explained that the program taught her that she has 'the right to say no to sex and drugs . . . to respect myself and the ones around me . . . to have trust, faith, and self-esteem.'
"In other words, Hannah’s self-worth isn’t determined by her scores in the 'Love Game,' as the Lady Gaga song crudely terms what is far from real love. Quonia, a student at Chancellor Avenue School, also understands this important lesson. 'There are plenty of times when boys have told me things that I wanted to hear just so I would have sex with them. But I didn’t and I am proud to say that I’m in the eighth grade and I am not sexually active,' she declares."
That's right. Eighth grade. And that's a victory. We've got a lot of work ahead of us, if we are going to turn our kids around. Read the full Lopez column by clicking HERE.