Finally, the State Board of Education has aligned sex education guidelines with the realities of the world.
Make no mistake. The best way for teenagers to avoid an unwanted pregnancy is to practice abstinence as the board’s sex education guidelines have long advised. But teenagers are teenagers. They don’t always make the decisions that would prevent the mistake of a lifetime.
While parents should be the primary instructors of sex education for their children, we’re pleased that the board revised its curriculum standards for sex education to include teaching contraception and preventing sexually transmitted infections. The change, the first in more than two decades, expands the current abstinence-only curriculum to what is commonly called abstinence-plus.
A teenage girl who has a baby is unlikely to finish high school. Even if the father is involved, the real-life obstacles of babies having babies can silence dreams. Without a high school degree in