Wednesday, January 24, 2007

EACC: Rethink Sex Ed Stance

In an article in the Maryland Independent today...

EXCERPT:
The local teachers union has asked the newly elected Charles County school board to reconsider the previous board’s position on sex education.

The previous board supported, in a list of positions supplied to local lawmakers, restricting instructors from discussing sexual lifestyles or conducting demonstration activities with students, such as how to put on a condom. In addition, the board supported sex education programs incorporating abstinence as the primary emphasis.


Clarification before the posts start rolling in...
The current sex-education classes fall into two categories: mandatory sex ed sections in the health curriculum and then there are the elective classes. Currently both are “abstinence based” not “abstinence only”. Meaning abstinence is taught as the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and STD’s. Duh. Other methods are taught also. The legislation the board currently supports (see below) would prevent the instructors from having demonstrations on how to actually put on a condom (using an inanimate model, of course)and from discussing alternative lifestyle choices. The EACC is proposing that we change the legislation to make the elective courses (which are available to 11th and 12th graders, I think) cover these topics as well.

ACTUAL WORDING IN LEGISLATION PACKAGE
The Board supports sex education programs incorporating abstinence as the primary emphasis. In addition, the Board supports legislation restricting instructors from discussing sexual lifestyles (i.e., bisexuality, homosexuality, etc.) and demonstration activities (i.e., how to put on a condom). The Board supports legislation requiring opt-in parental consent for sex education, and is opposed to an opt-out requirement. Implementing an opt-in policy would require a parent to be more informed and want their child to attend the class, instead of attendance by default.

4 comments:

Bruce Wesbury said...

I have a real probel with the EACC which is the local chapter of the NEA. We need to be very careful about what they are up to. Please see the following link for the real NEA agenda.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=23329

Jennifer Abell said...

Bruce - thanks for the link. For those wondering whats it's about. Here's the title...
Homosexual agenda promoted by NEA?
Members oppose teachers' union's proposed resolution as "too volatile"

In the article it states one of the resolutions is...
The National Education Association recognizes that the complex and diverse needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families and their children require the development of programs that promote a safe and inclusive environment.

Although the article is dated 2001...I wonder where they are now on these resolutions?

HeatherBartlett said...

For those of you on the "homosexual agenda" bandwagon - nobody is going to catch "gay" if there is some factual teaching about homosexuality in the sex education curriculum.

Education is about facts. Fact is there are homosexuals.

HeatherBartlett said...

Education is also about science and biology and anthropology and theory - all of which can be included in sex education.