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House Bill 88 to give parents choices about sex education for their children in school

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A newly proposed bill could change the way students learn about sex in the classroom. House Bill 88 may eventually give North Carolina parents a choice about what their kids are taught in sex education classes. One area school district has already given parents options, and it seems to be going over well. Before students even enter health class in New Hanover County, parents have the first say. When it comes to sex education, this permission slip is key. Parents can either opt to have their students learn the traditional abstinence until marriage curriculum or a more comprehensive sex ed lesson plan. They also can choose not to take sex ed at all. "It helps with their values. I think it gives them a better choice of what fits their family and it gives them the opportunity to talk to their kids,” said Kiersten Wildeboer the New Hanover County Health Director. New Hanover County parents have had the choice of how they want their students to learn about sex since 1993. Before, students only received a comprehensive lesson, which focuses on sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptives and their failure rates. Abstinence-only promotes the safest way to avoid teen pregnancy and STDs, and that is by not having sex until marriage. “I'd rather them get the specific information, updated information and correct information through these programs than on the street,” Wildeboer added. Wildeboer said the need for sex education is apparent when you look at teen pregnancies across our area. In 2007, New Hanover County reported more than 300 teen pregnancies, while both Brunswick and Columbus counties reported just over a hundred. When, and if, House Bill 88 passes, the choice for parents in Brunswick County will remain an abstinence-only curriculum. "We are waiting and seeing what happens at the state level. I'm sure it will have some impact here at the local level,” said Joyce Beatty, the Brunswick County Executive Director of Personnel. All sex education classes in our area begin at the middle school level. Across the state, about a dozen school districts offer comprehensive sex education.

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sex ed article is highly irrelevant (sp?)

what is the point of giving parents this option? America today has lost its sightly culture!!! it is too late to give parents this option!!! studies show that 4 out of 10 girls have premarital sex!!! we are already aware of the hazards!!! American culture has been set on that for a while! it normal for middle schoolers and high schoolers to have sex!!!there is no point for this bill!!!

I apprecited all the sex education my child got in school.

I'm in Brunswick County and I apprecited all the sex education my daughter got in school. parents whose children are squemish about talking about sex to you, there is nothing wrong with you at all. Some children are simpley like that. My daughter happened to start having her period the 1st day of school her first yr in middle school. My child was shy, squemish and just didn't want to discuss it and yes we had and have a good relationship. So it was left to me to figure out how to handle this. Well, I remembered the sex education I had back in high school many many years ago. So I called the PE teacher and asked her to talk to her. She did and everything went just fine!

One reason the states began

One reason the states began teaching sex ed was because of the astronomical teen pregnancy rate. As far as abstinance is concerned, it is not just a religious concept. Birth control is great when it works. I had two children while taking the pill religiously. It is not foolproof. Stds nowadays do not consist of something that can be cured with a penicillin shot. It can be a life sentence or a death sentence. And anyone that thinks a fourteen year old girl getting pregnant and having a baby does not change the lives of everyone involved forever, then just ask some of them it has happened to. The only birth control that is 100% is abstinance. Teenagers need to decide if they want college, a career, some years to be on their own or travel before being tied down and forgetting it all by becoming a teenage parent. No teenager ever died from not having sex. It is a matter of priorities concerning how they want to live their lives. When five minutes in the backseat of the car can change that forever, that is what they really need to be considering.

Why bother teaching SE at

Why bother teaching SE at all. This is one thing that every kid learns on his/her own. Just comes natural!


It should have always been up to the parents anyway. When did we let the state take that choice away from us, and for what good reason?


As an early 20-s Wilmingtonian who went through the more thorough sex-ed lessons taught in middle school, let me tell you that you only hurt your children by shunning anything but abstinence. Here's a fact about your snowflake: They are human, therefore they are sexual, if not with other people yet, then if they're over 12 (especially boys), I can guarantee you they experiment, every guy/husband knows this. I would be willing to bet the same is true with females, but not being one, I still have heard this from my friends. Anyways, being that your snowflake is human, therefore sexual, you only harm them by making them naive to sexuality, how to deal with emotions, and what to do if it comes down to it and they are about to engage in sex. Don't make your kids pay for your religion by shunning them out of understanding their bodies and sexualities. Just some advice from someone who has been there, done that, lived to tell about it, and is still rational, with no kids, and respects women.


In my opinion I don't think schools should be truly educating kids on sex. I mean it should be a parent's responsibily to educate their children and as parents why should we put it off on others? Girls should learn about it all when they first start to menstruate. Boys are a little trickier. But I understand that is hard for us as parents to teach our kids because other kids and tv beat us to the punch. I definitly don't want my kid coming home and telling me that Little Suzie down the block just informed them of this and that, but I know it happens. No we aren't always the most knowledgeable but we have the internet. I would like to be the one to teach my kid(s). I just don't like the idea of strangers doing it, let alone handing out condoms to kids during the sex ed classes.

While I agree with you...the

While I agree with you...the problem is parents aren't teaching their kids. When parents don't do their job, someone else has to step up and do it for them

If parents accepted their

If parents accepted their responsibility, then sex education would be taught at home. Since this does not happen, then the state should consider education in two phases. Teach them about stds and birth control with an emphasis on abstinence, and then follow that up with the baby dolls that cry and keep them up all night. That should get the point across.