July 13, 2007


Survey finds reading is up, sex and pregnancies are down (JENNIFER C. KERR, 7/13/07, The Associated Press)

Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low.

More young people are finishing high school, too, and more little kids are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation’s children. It’s good news all around, experts said of the report being released Friday.

“The implications for the population are quite positive in terms of their health and their well-being,” said Edward Sondik, director of the National Center for Health Statistics. “The lower figure on teens having sex means the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is lower.”

Such is life in a Puritan Nation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2007 6:23 AM
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