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Return to Casper School Curriculum
      #134196 - 02/08/05 05:49 PM

WYOMING: Controversial Program to Return to Casper School Curriculum

Associated Press (01.07.05) - Monday, January 10, 2005
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During the week of Jan. 10, middle and high school students in Casper are
set to participate in the "WAIT (Why Am I Tempted)" abstinence-only
sex-education program, even though the program was criticized for
inaccuracies in a recent Congressional report.

In December, a report by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) found factual
errors in WAIT and several other abstinence-only programs. In WAIT,
students were asked to determine "high risk," "at risk" and "no risk"
factors in HIV transmission. WAIT identified tears, sweat and saliva as
"at risk" factors of HIV transmission. HIV cannot be transmitted through
those fluids, according to CDC.

The erroneous portion of WAIT cited in the report will be changed, said
Joneen Krauth, a registered nurse and executive director of the Abstinence
and Relationship Training Center in Colorado. "Since there is confusion
about this in medical literature, I am taking the sweat card out of the
'at risk' column and putting it in the 'no risk' column on the activity in
WAIT Training," Krauth said in an e-mail to the Casper Star-Tribune.

WAIT will be used as a part of Casper's general sex-education curriculum,
said Ellen Klym, a WAIT program trainer. "WAIT is a component [some
teachers] use for activities. It's not the end-all. We just want kids to
have healthy choices."
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Re: Return to Casper School Curriculum new
      #134201 - 02/08/05 06:32 PM

WAIT will be used as a part of Casper's general sex-education curriculum,
said Ellen Klym, a WAIT program trainer. "WAIT is a component [some
teachers] use for activities. It's not the end-all. We just want kids to
have healthy choices."

As a parent i wouldn't allow my child to be part of that program. They are scaring these kids half to death by telling them pure lies and not giving them 'healthy choices'. It's sad and offensive

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Re: Return to Casper School Curriculum new
      #134214 - 02/09/05 03:47 AM

I agree with you. Telling kids lies to frighten them out of having sex will backfire. I read reciently that very old people in America get something like nine times more AIDS than teenagers and so telling young people that they are going to get it from a kiss will soon be seen as the lie it is.

Once kids discover one lie, they no longer trust anything they are told. This happened with the exaggerated horror stories told about pot smoking (you will go insane and rape and murder your parents) and resulted in many kids thinking that all drugs must be safe as if the pot stories were myths and thus so must the stories about all other drugs.

Std's and AIDS are a risk but to present them out of all proportion is not the answer. Urban kids are at hundreds of times more risk of being shot then getting AIDS. The truth is white teenagers almost never get AIDS and they only have to look around and they will soon see this.

Educate them about the risks but don't feed them fairy stories, or should I say boogy man stories, and then cry when they distrust everything grown-ups tell them.

Bush seems to think fear is the answer to everything but history teaches us that fear wears off and creates a strong backlash.

Time to be honest again and tell it like it really is.

To keep their respect you must earn it and lying is not the way to do that.



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