School Systems Ponder Sex Education Options

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

School districts across Mississippi are continuing to weigh their options on sex education classes.

Mississippi schools have until June 30 to decide how to incorporate "abstinence-only" or "abstinence-plus" classes into the curriculum for the 2012-2013 school year.

State law allows abstinence-only programs to include discussion of condoms and contraceptives if they give the risks and failure rates of each.

Abstinence-plus programs have more leeway to discuss condoms and contraceptives but are still required to provide the risks and failure rates.

The courses will be optional, and parents will have to opt-in or opt-out for their child. Boys and girls will be separated, and the courses will be taught at the high school level.


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  • by CW on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    How can you expect a kid to take sex ed seriously when they are taught abstinence by a pregnant teacher,kids dont care if the teacher is married or not,they only here them say DONT HAVE SEX.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Mississippi has money to waste on a program that doesn't work. Let's stop playing and get real about education.
  • by Kat Location: Meridian on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    Yes, it IS the parents job but, unfortunately, there are a lot of parents by name only who do not parent their children.
  • by Tarisa Location: Wayne county on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Thats the parents job, not the schools.
  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    Hey, I have an idea. Let's keep teaching abstinence-only sex education so that Mississippi will continue to be #1 in teen pregnancies!
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