Pennsylvania: Reading Teachers Balk at Condom Lesson for Middle-Schoolers
February 5, 2009
A teachers' union representative recently complained that some Reading teachers are not comfortable presenting information about condoms to their middle school students. The lessons are part of a pregnancy prevention program, approved by the school board in September, which is to be taught this school year to students in sixth to eighth grades.
Board member Karen H. McCree, defending the program, said Grim was misrepresenting it as "pornographic." "It's promoting safety," she said.
Reading is one of four school districts with high teen pregnancy rates chosen by the state to introduce the program, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. McCree said that the program was one of more than 100 the district evaluated. The city received a $20,000 grant to roll out the courses, which are funded through CDC.
"I will note that we've had fifth-graders pregnant in this district," McCree said. "Kids are having sex, and there are some people who are not comfortable talking about that." Parents can choose to exclude their children from participation, and teachers uneasy with the program can decline to teach it, McCree added.
01.30.2009; David Mekeel
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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