Most of the experts on sex and adolescents have said abstinence-only education doesn't cut it. pre-teens are having sex and they need safe-sex -d too. But maybe they were knocking abstinence education before really giving it a chance to shine. According to NYTimes.com a new study of middle-school kids revealed that abstinence-only education helped them hold off on having sex. Read More: 40 percent of teens begin having sex before having "the talk" with their parent.