No barrier to knowledge: teaching contraception in school.

From: The Guardian – by Daniel Denvir

Given the comic failure of abstinence-only – 95% of Americans have premarital sex – isn't it time the US got over its hangup?

Though most American youth continue to learn about sex most everywhere but in school, there is some good news: according to a recent report from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), the Obama administration and Congress in 2010 eliminated two thirds of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage education, and, in a historic shift, allocated close to $190m for comprehensive sex education.

disney-02jpgFrom: Truthout – by: Martha Sorren, Truthout | Book Review

Learn more about Disney's creeping cultural hegemony - read "The Mouse That Roared"," Truthout's Progressive Pick of the Week, reviewed in this article.

In American culture, Disney has become synonymous with childhood. Present-day grandparents grew up watching the animated films, wearing Mickey Mouse pajamas and begging to go to Disneyland. But while it all seems innocent, few people have considered the hold that the Disney Corporation has not only on their own lives, but on the world as a whole.

Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock explore this relationship between consumer and industry in their book "The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence." [Full disclosure: Henry Giroux is a member of Truthout's Board of Directors.]