Parents Could Face Sex Education Choice

A proposal to expand sex education in North Carolina schools has been approved by a House panel after a debate about sexually transmitted disease and divine intent.

The House Health Committee on Thursday backed creating a two-track system for sex education in grades seven through nine. The bill would give parents the option of the current curriculum focused on abstinence until marriage or one that also discusses contraception.

The bill next heads to a vote by the full House.

State health director Jeff Engle said most people have sex before marriage and need information to protect themselves.

Christian Action League director Mark Creech said the Bible forbade sex outside marriage, and that eliminates the risks.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    I would not, as a parent, support a completely abstinence based curriculum nor would I support a completely contraception based one. But, I would be pleased with a abstinence emphasized one, supplemented with contraception, etc.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Apr 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    This is a step in the right direction. Abstinence only education is full of disinformation. Let's be real... our kids aren't stupid. All the inaccuracies in the current system just encourage young people to lash out.
  • by kelly Location: bertie on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    something needs to be done, especially after reading on front page a woman tried to her her bf to get her daughter pregnant. parents are ingorant on this situation when they need to be role models. some parents need to learn this their selfs before they teach it to their kids.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    Something needs to be done. Parents should be the prime teachers on this matter. What's wrong is a lot of parents do not take the time to do this. I waited because I knew my parents would not stand for anything less.
  • by To Question Location: NC on Apr 3, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    My understanding is the new contraceptive teaching will also focus on abstinence. It will just provide a, "but if you do here's how to be safe". Contraception, STD's, teen pregnancy, etc were taught when I was in high school here in NC. This was only 12 years ago, but it sounds like they only focus on abstinence now?
  • by Ordnanceman Location: Greenville on Apr 3, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    I am with you on this to Pam. I have an 11, 9 and 7 year old. My wife and I have told are 2 oldest about the "birds and the bees" but we have not got to the point on the dangers of unprotected sex. Education does need to start at home.
  • by Pam on Apr 3, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    I agree with you Ordnanceman, although *I* plan to be the one to teach my kids about sex ed. I think it is so important that parents be the first and loudest voices in that type of education. Unfortunately, many parent do not, so that, like much else is left in the hands of the public education system.
  • by Question Location: NC Parent on Apr 3, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    Would the new/contraception option continue to include curriculum on abstinence? In other words, will the new option present information on both contraception and abstinence? Or is this going to be a "either/or" pair of options to choose from? I'd like to see the new option inclusive of both, providing some middle ground, rather than have two options swinging to extreme opposite ends & excluding the other.
  • by Ordnanceman Location: Greenville on Apr 3, 2009 at 04:23 AM
    Preaching to kids to tell them to wait until marriage to have sex is a good idea, and works on a few kids, but more kids start having sex long before they get married, and they need to know the hazards of unprotected sex and what diseases they could contract. Not teaching this is like denial, it has to be taught.

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