Study team dissenters say results conflict with data
Two members of a Centers for Disease Control team that evaluated studies of sex education programs have raised alarms, reporting that the data actually conflicts with the agency’s stated conclusion that comprehensive programs such as those emphasizing “safe sex” over abstinence are working.
The alarms are being raised by Irene Ericksen and Danielle Ruedt, two members of the CDC panel that evaluated dozens of studies and came up with the conclusion supporting the so-called “comprehensive” programs that teach children to use condoms.
They issued a minority report to warn policymakers and educators against relying too heavily on the majority document.
“According to this minority report, the study recommendations may mislead policymakers by presenting conclusions that don’t match key study findings,” confirmed Paul Birch, chief of the Institute for Research and Evaluation. “The report is important because it allows differing views on this research to be presented at a time when Congress is re-examining sex education policy.”
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