Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sex-Ed Changes in Carroll County?

The Examiner has this, about Carroll County:
The Carroll County School Health Council has asked the school board to review its sex education curriculum to determine if middle-schoolers should learn about condoms and other contraceptive methods, rather than only the abstinence option currently taught.

“The board contends that it’s not an issue in the eighth grade, but students need the information sooner,” said Linda Kephart, supervisor of health and elementary physical education. “What they hear at the back of the school bus is not accurate. We’re not promoting the behavior; we just want them to have accurate information.”

The health council, comprised of a parent and school, health and government officials, sent a letter to the school board at the end of June asking the board to make sure schools provide “appropriate education for the many students who do choose to be sexually active” as part of the schools’ abstinence-based education.

The letter cited a recent countywide study in which 78 percent of respondents said they would support comprehensive sexuality education for all teens ages 11 to 17.

School board President Thomas Hiltz said he expects the board to respond formally today with a letter to the county health council.

“Our curriculum meets Maryland standards and we follow them closely,” he said, adding that county health council members can join the Family Life and Human Sexuality Committee, a group of teachers, parents and students that offer recommendations about curriculum to the school board.

The board voted down a recommendation made by the Family Life committee in March that called for barrier and chemical contraception instruction for eighth-graders, Kephart said.

“A board member said it is the parents’ responsibility, but parents aren’t talking about it as much as
they should,” she said. School Board asked to review sex education curriculum

That "accurate information" bug seems to be going around. We'll keep an eye on this one as it develops in the near future.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"“A board member said it is the parents’ responsibility, but parents aren’t talking about it as much as
they should,” she said."

This must be a misquote. I can't believe some government employee would have the chutzpah to declare that they have better judgment than the average parent.

Recall the school board!

July 27, 2006 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its called hear say and from someone who did not get what they wanted. You see it on this blog all the time. ttf

July 27, 2006 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what an asshole

July 27, 2006 6:53 PM  

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