This week provided one instance of almost unheard of good news with the release of a study that seems to demonstrate a high school program that teaches students something of value in the real world. and no, it’s not how to make a cutting board.

A study found in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows that integrating information about healthy relationships into standard ninth grade health classes reduces incidence of dating violence later perpetrated by students. In addition to seemingly quelling dating violence, the program raised rates of condom use in participating students two years down the road.

Seem too good to be true? Well, only kinda. The program is being tested in Canada, which is already a socialist utopia of sorts, shrugging off  the ill effects of the global recession and providing health care for all of it’s citizens with out anyone having to get all shouty or death threatening over it.

Imagine, enacting an inexpensive, common sense program on violence prevention and safe sex that effectively reduces levels of violence and risky sex. Wacky, right?

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