Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Time for comprehensive sex education

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 2:18 PM

This school year, the Healthy Youth Act goes into effect, effectively ending North Carolina’s decade-long policy of  “abstinence-only” sex education (see “Sexual Fantasies: Welcome to the 1950s world of CMS health education," CL, 11.30.05). But despite the fact that a law is, you know, a law, some school districts in N.C. are dragging their feet in implementing comprehensive sex-ed, largely due to the archaic attitudes toward sex that are still prevalent in some parts of the state. Never mind that abstinence-only sex-ed has been a disastrous failure wherever it’s been taught, both in terms of preventing teen pregnancies and giving adolescents the complete information they need — it’s apparently just too embarrassing and icky for some parents to have their teens learn there’s such a thing as contraception.

Enter Amplify Your Voice, an offshoot of Advocates for Youth, which was a leading group in the political battle for comprehensive sex-ed. They are now working with other youth activists in the state “to find out who’s doing what, which school systems are refusing to follow the law, and how we can support school systems who honestly want to provide an effective education for students.” As they say, the devil is in the details, but it’s a cold, hard fact that more than 19,000 teens become pregnant every year in North Carolina, and we owe it to teenagers that they receive accurate, complete information about sexuality and sexual health. To see more information, and how you can help, read here.

Don't let this happen to your teen - support comprehensive sex-ed
  • Don't let this happen to your teen - support comprehensive sex-ed

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