N.C. Comprehensive Sex Ed Advocates Seeking Broader Curriculum, Including Information About Contraceptives, STDs
February 8, 2005
Comprehensive sex education advocates in North Carolina this year plan to encourage the state Board of Education to broaden the existing sex education curriculum beyond its "abstinence-until-marriage" focus, which mentions contraceptives only to discuss their failure rates, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. The advocates say that the results of a recent state Department of Public Education survey conducted among parents of North Carolina students show that parents want more comprehensive sex education information for their children, according to the News & Observer. The survey found that parents favor expansion of the current state sex education curriculum to include information about contraceptives and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Parents also favor beginning sex education at a younger age, increasing classroom time spent on sex education and adopting a sex education curriculum approved by parents and public health officials, not politicians, according to the survey. Current state law requires schools to emphasize abstinence until marriage but allows schools to include other information, such as lessons about the proper use of contraceptives and STD prevention, if the school holds public hearings on the content. Currently, more than 100 of the state's 117 school districts follow the state's abstinence-until-marriage curriculum.
Legislation Not Planned
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