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Maryland: School Board Amends Sex Ed Curriculum; Course to Be Updated, Taught in Later Grade
February 20, 2003
The Harford County, Md., Board of Education has recently approved a number of changes to the middle school sex education curriculum slated to make its way into classrooms in September next year. These include:Adapted from:
Haas and school board President Terry R. Troy stressed in a letter to parents that certain topics would not be taught in the class, including issues relating to sexual orientation, contraception, abortion and techniques of sexual activity. The three-week class would include information about STDs. It would also teach the advantages of abstinence, such as pregnancy prevention, prevention of STDs and preservation of self-esteem. Parents have the right to keep their children from taking the class.
During the school board meeting, Haas said that each child is different and that some seventh graders could handle the study course, while it would be better for others when they were in the eighth grade. Milton Wright High School senior Molly P. Harris, the student representative on the board, advocated teaching the class to seventh graders. "In the eighth grade, it may be too late," said Harris. The board will have to approve the curriculum before it can be taught. Gerald E. Scarborough, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said that parents contacting the school system supported the sex education program by a margin of five-to-one.
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