Tennesse: No Contraceptives in Ninth-Grade Health Text
April 2, 2003
Shelby County, Tenn., students will not be learning about contraceptives next year -- at least not from their textbooks. On March 27, the school board turned down teachers' recommendations to use a new text for ninth-graders that discusses abstinence, monogamy and safe sex and contraceptives. Instead, the board opted for the teachers' second recommendation, a book that does not have a chapter on contraceptives. Currently, the district uses a book that includes information on contraception. The board's decision does not forbid teachers to talk about contraceptives in wellness class, said board President David Pickler. The State Textbook Commission said of the book the board turned down: "Values are stressed, including personal responsibility and abstinence from harmful behaviors." However, the board's red flag went up because "the chapters concerning sexually transmitted diseases (chapter 16), sexual orientation, activity and myths (chapter 21) and contraceptive methods (chapter 22) contain very frank discussion."Adapted from:
Commercial Appeal (Memphis)
03.28.03; Aimee Edmondson
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