Statistics are undeniable, there has been a clear improvement, especially as far as teen pregnancies... but let's not kid ourselves, there is still so much we could do.. Every time we talk about comprehensive sex education the conversation stall on whether Sex Ed programs say too little or too much..
To those who say that saying to much in Sex Ed programs would put wrong ideas in our heads I would say this: 1) Those ideas are already there, trust me, Sex is everywhere, TV, Movies, Music (did u see Miley Cyrus on MTV the other night?, have you ever listened carefully to rap music??).. 2) Do you really think that not giving info about sex has ever stopped anybody from becoming sexually active or having a sex life??
We need clear information on the various aspects of sex and sexuality not just a biology lesson and the list of the bad things that could happen to you if you have sex... It's not the school's job to do that but it's up to our parents?? Let's be honest again, we are not Dutch, it would be nice to have that kind of relationship but generally that's not the case..
So without enough information.. what most people do, they learn by doing and hope for the best!!
Lately I found out this mobile app: My Sex Doctor and I really love it! it give you a lot of information about sex and sexuality in a very simple language... I am sure this is not the only one of its kind.. To me this is the way forward, bypassing school sex ed!! If you want to check it out: http://mysexdoctor.org
"the dark years"...is that really the phrase you wanted to use?
Carol--there's not a lot of data on this, really. It varies widely by area, and there is no standardized curriculum used (and best practice would actually recommend NOT using a standard curriculum throughout the state. It's important to be population and community specific when it comes to prevention). A fellow at OHA did a survey of what's being taught in terms of sexual health education throughout the state, what the standards are, and how comfortable teachers feel teaching it two years ago; I'd recommend contacting Jessica Duke for the results of the study. Oregon does, however, have some of the most comprehensive sexual health and healthy sexuality benchmarks and standards in the country; how well they're being implemented does vary, but I think the point of this article is to highlight how far Oregon has come in terms of policy; practice sometimes takes awhile to catch up.
How many students in Oregon (the entire state) receive Comprehensive Sexual Health education - grades 4 through University? If so, what curricula is the school using, how many hours of edu a year does the student receive, and is the instructor trained in the subject?
Excellent article! As someone who teaches healthy sexuality and healthy relationship education in high schools and middle schools, I feel really lucky to work in a state like Oregon that takes such a progressive, open approach to addresses these things in accurate, non-shaming ways.
An interesting article but I was a little distracted by the repeated assertion that racism is a big part of this issue. At least, I didn't feel the article really explained any relationship between teen pregnancy and racism.
If you can't find Lewis and Clark College, then you don't deserve to give Bill Clinton -- or any other president -- a blow job.
I attended Lewis and Clark for graduate school. My girlfriend at the time dumped me on speaker phone while I was driving there, on the Fremont Bridge. I burst into tears as I got off at the Terwilliger exit, and sobbed as I circled back over the freeway along the Terwilliger Boulevard overpass. I passed the Market of Choice in waves of panic. I spun through the traffic circle by the law school and took the second exit, this time barely wondering if the undergrad on the sidewalk would decide to cross.
The summer term made it so I didn't have to pay for parking. I told my teacher I couldn't go to class today, and he told me to take care of myself. I went to a part of campus that looks out over Mt Hood and an outdoor swimming pool, near the library. I called every friend I could, and I melted down to my best friend over the phone.
It was there, in that moment, that a tour of prospective students appeared, 10 feet from me, as I choked out a sob of "I just.... wanna... DIEEEEEEE." I was embarrassed for a second, but then I was glad. Lewis and Clark is a great school, with caring faculty and a wonderful library. The woman who works in Teacher Licensing is a magician and a saint. But going there won't protect you from the shitty things in life, no matter what that tour guide tells you.
Lewis & Clark is reputable institution with many accomplishments. The fact that you can't seem to use a map, is beyond me. As an alum, I can say that I spent the best 4 years of my life at this school and it has helped me to achieve a great many things.
Just because we don't have an expansive list of famous people that have attended our school doesn't detract from the fact that we have the one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and is fifth in the country for alum of small schools entering Peace Corps service. While we may not have celebrities who both achieve next to nothing at school and then go on to do almost next to nothing after graduation, we have a strong body of current students and alumni who are conscientious members of society.
Let me guess, you went to PSU or some shit.
at least at LC, we can smoke weed all day AND manage to complete all our work successfully.
You are all idiots. First of all its called googlemaps. Since you obviously know what a computer is why don't you try using one for other sources of promising information. Secondly, how is it the Keysor Soze in reverse? Keysor Soze is a fictitious character created by the brilliant mind of Kevin Spacey's character and he turns out to in fact not be real- although all the other usual suspects believe in his authoritative existence. So would that not just be a Keysor Soze? Not a Keysor Soze in reverse? Seriously, there are even Lewis and Clark signs on the freeway. Do you get lost making your way to the bathroom as well? Maybe Lewis and Clark is only made available to individuals who celebrate higher consciousness and understand the importance of an amazing education. Your article is not only offensive to the students at Lewis and Clark but also is a disrespectful assessment of the Portland collegiate system as a whole. Get some class and rep your city better.
Considering Vancouver is a bedroom community of Portland, you left out one very important listing—Washington State University Vancouver. Just 10 miles north of the Columbia River via either I-5 or I-205, WSU Vancouver offers a private-school feel for state-school tuition. And, the Border Bill lets Oregonians in bordering counties pay in-state tuition for up to eight credits per semester. Choose from 20 bachelor’s degrees, 10 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. There’s more to the “Couve” than you may have imagined. Come see for yourself!
PNCA is currently unranked in the not in the nation and in the world as an art school but for some reason it costs well over $160,000 for a four year degree. My alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, has a number two -ranked design school in the world DAAP, that only costs students around $26,000 for a four-year degree if you're willing to live it home with your parents and commute. Job placement for DAAP graduates is very high and they are placed into high salary jobs. Unfortunately I know many graduates from PNCA who are waiting tables while waiting for their career as a professional artist to emerge.
It's actually a commuter lounge. Many students commute from vancouver. We also have a computer lounge.
Thanks so much for this insider's look at an institution I never knew was in the 'hood. The Monta-Villa area has undergone much gentrification and de-sleazification in the last five years. Was recently recalling some of the more inexplicably odd overheard conversational drift at the Bipartisan Café sofa & tables, bits of it in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew with laptop illuminated animated discussion about biblical arcana. The only guess was Warner-Pacific College on the same slope of Mt Tabor, and some especially hip students cuz the gab I caught was definitely more vision-questing than dogmatic. Wonder if these episodes were eavesdroppings from the Multnomah Bible College liberally sprinkled through the caffeine and fresh baked pies of the Bipartisan? Does Multnomah Bible College represent a particular Christian sect and what is relationship theologically and mission-wise from its neighbor Warner-Pacific College?
It might be harder to get into a real med school than magic doctor school, though. They actually have standards.
"You're trying to figure out why you have the headache in the first place. We have a better role in prevention."
Naturopathy is pseudoscientific, harmful crap. If these people want to do medicine, they should go to real med schools.
Good point, George Fox is in Newberg though right? I've lived in portland my whole life and can never find it unless accompanyied by peter pan.. oh wait they did that one didn't they? eh.
All true, i went there for almost two years before realizing i had simply fallen asleep waiting for the 51 bus on Terwilliger blvd.
What about Marylhurst and George Fox?
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