Sex Education in Local Schools

June 30th, that's the deadline for Mississippi schools to choose a sex education curriculum that will be used next year. By that time, each district will have chosen whether to incorporate Abstinence Only, or Abstinence-Plus classes for students.

Currently the Meridian Public School District uses an Abstinence Only curriculum.

'Parents are very receptive. The students are very receptive,' says MPSD Assitant Superintendent of Curriculum, Robin Miles. 'I think a lot of the legislation was a result of surveys that were done across the state with parents and I think parents and communities may not have been aware of what was being done across the state.'

The curriculum for Meridian Public Schools primarily targets middle school students in the 7th grade.

'It teachers how students can set their boundaries before they go out,' says MPSD Nurse, Ann Compton. 'It teaches about sex, emotions, respect. We encourage them to write questions down. Give us the questions before class. So, they won't have to ask them during the class period.'

Lauderdale County schools are currently using an Abstinence-Plus curriculum. Both curriculums are optional and discuss contraceptives and their risk and failures.

Lauderdale County's head of curriculum says this type curriculum is important to the overall education process.

'Absolutely, with teen pregnancy and also with our dropout rate, In Lauderdale County we need to improve our dropout rate,' says LCSD Curriculum Director, Ryan Powell. 'So, if we can help these students be better students, make better choices, I think it could help our dropout rate.'


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  • by Winston Location: Right Here on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:58 PM
    Come now. How can any sex education in our school systems rival the real lesson these kids are being taught by the government: as soon as you can start having babies, the sooner you can receive public assistance. And the more babies you have, the more assistance you will receive. Welfare, WIC, food stamps, etc. are there for the asking once you become a parent. They already know where babies come from, so you're just whistling in the wind when you preach abstinence. The Democrats need more eligible voters, and as long as they can hand out the goodies to young, unwed mothers and the baby-daddies, those voters will be in line to keep the gravy train running. The Democrats are in the subjugation business, and cousin, business is a-boomin'!
  • by Mary Location: Meridian on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:09 PM
    I was a mom @ 15. Absencess-Plus is the way to go. My child is a student in the LCSD, and I say way to go!!!!!! If any parent is concern that their child will get some bad information teach and talk to your children yourself so that they wil have a full understanding. We can not just keep sitting by and belive that my child won't do that. They and if they don't then they have thought about it. Wake up people!!!!!
  • by Unknown on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    Are you kidding me? I am a nurse in l&d and I can't tell you how many teenagers are having babies these days! To prohibit teaching sex education or to only teach abstinence only programs will only continue the cycle. These children are experiencing earlier and need to be taught how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, birthcontrol options, and stds. Parents need to quit living in denial and face the facts that it's an epidemic and you may not know exactly what your child is doing until it's too late. In a perfect world abstinence would be great, but for most teenagers that will not happen. It would be ignorant not to teach sex education as early as possible!
  • by Concerned on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    I am concerned on what they will actually be teaching the students. I don't want them to tell my child that it is ok to go and have sex as long as you protect yourself. I do not think it is right for the legislature to enact a class to teach this as part of their manditory education requirements. I hope that there are options where a parent can opt out of allowing their child to take such a class at an early age.
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