Monday, August 22, 2011

Rick Perry

Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry on abstinence-only sex education, specifically, abstinence-only education in the state of Texas, which has the third-highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation:

Mr. Perry, I think you need a refresher on the standards by which something "works" or "is working."

Not only did he NOT answer the question, he basically said, "well because this is what I WANT and because I think it works because my church sayz so, it's worth the money. Fuck facts."

[Social scientist hat on] Further, his comparison to steroids is inaccurate (on top of being irrelevant and ineffective). His argument is that it's worth it to spend money testing for steroids (rather than do nothing) since they are able to catch the small group using them, creating some change. There is no control group to demonstrate that abstinence-only education is better, even marginally better, than doing or teaching nothing, or that abstinence-only education is creating any positive change.

You cling to that delusion, Mr. Perry. You cling away.

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