Saturday, April 10, 2010
Sex education in Ten-uh-see
Young people here in middle Tennessee don't have sex. They don't get caught with unwanted pregnancies. They don't even have a clue what an STD is.
Why are these students so blessed? Because they abstain. You bet-cha.
Rodrick Glover, father of a Hillsboro High School senior, said he was aghast when his daughter began describing details of sexual techniques being taught in her leadership class using models of male and female genitals.
"It took me by surprise," he said. "My daughter thought it was pornography."
A Metro Schools spokeswoman agreed the information was inappropriate to share with students and that the content presented was not part of the district's standard Family Life and Sexuality Education curriculum.
"We know some district policies were not followed," spokeswoman Olivia Brown said. "We have taken proper action to correct any mistakes made by Hillsboro staff, and we are updating our policy to ensure that future instruction is only from our approved curriculum."
Teacher Susanne Frensley, who was Tennessee's teacher of the year in 2007, is in charge of the leadership class, but outside instructors gave the sex-ed lessons in question. They were guests from Nashville CARES, a nonprofit group that provides AIDS prevention information, among other services. The leadership class ended in March.
Glover said, "I am OK with the written policy with an emphasis on abstinence. How far can they go with this?"