Clarion Ledger (Jackson) (05.23.12) - Friday, May 25, 2012
A majority of Madison County parents who responded to a recent
request for input want the school district to adopt an
abstinence-only sex education curriculum.
Superintendent Ronnie McGehee said the district received 60 e-
mails from parents. Fifty-five percent expressed support for
teaching fifth- and seventh-graders how to abstain from sex,
but not for providing additional instruction on STDs and
contraceptives. "Comments were very well thought out. There
were no attacks saying 'I can't believe you're teaching
that,'" he said.
The county's School Board will vote to implement the sex
education approach for next year at its June 4 meeting. All
Mississippi districts were required to select either a state-
designated abstinence-only or abstinence-plus curriculum.
Under the abstinence-only course, students will learn the
social and health benefits of abstaining from sex; the
negative effects of sexual activity, including children born
out of wedlock; current state law regarding sexual conduct;
and tools for rejecting sexual advances.
The two-week class will be given to fifth-graders in the
second semester and seventh-graders in the first. Students
will be separated by gender and receive the curriculum from
their regular science teachers. Parents can opt their children
out of the course.
Germantown Middle School Principal Brad Peets has reviewed the
curriculum and said, "It looks pretty good. I'm all for
teaching the subject the right way."