Thursday, May 10, 2007

Kansas Board of Ed. repeals conservative sex ed policies

From CNN courtesy of AlterNet:

The Kansas Board of Education on Tuesday repealed sex education policies enacted last year, the latest move by the moderate majority to undo efforts by conservatives when they dominated the board.

One rescinded policy recommended that schools stress abstinence until marriage, while the other urged school districts to get parental permission before students could attend human sexuality classes.

On a 6-3 vote, the board replaced the policies with one that recommends "abstinence plus" sex education programs and leaves it up to the state's 296 school districts to decide whether to get parental permission.

The "abstinence plus" program stresses abstinence before marriage, while also urging schools to give students information about birth control and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

More here.

Well, it's nice to see that the moderates are trying to clean up the mess left behind by their nutty predecessors. Man, I'll never understand what makes those fundamentalists think this way about sex education. The thought that the whispered implication of sexual encouragement by teachers who talk about condoms somehow makes teens want to have sex is just plain laughable. As if the endless media stream of sexuality that pounds teens every minute of every day, or even hormones and human nature, have nothing to do with it. Obviously, "abstinence based" sex ed is just wishful thinking, but fundies honestly believe they've got a good argument here.

That, in itself, is good reason to totally bar right-wing Christians from ever having anything at all to do with education. Ever. They're fucking crazy.