News from Washington yesterday was that the federal government will now be funding sexuality education programs that aren’t just based around abstinence-only. I guess it’s a step in the right direction? My immediate reaction was to cheer. And then I read the AP article:
Abstinence-only programs are still getting $50mil and require state matching of $3 on ever $4. Then there’s this:
“Communities seeking different or additional instruction for their kids will choose from the 28 programs that were approved for funding by HHS following evaluations by Mathematica Policy Research that deemed them effective.”
So, we live in Georgia. And it’s awful and backwards here about this kind of stuff, at least where we live. There’s no way our district will be trying anything other than abstinence-only unless they’re forced to. So while, on the whole, this is a step in the right direction, right now nothing’s changed for us. And it probably won’t until funding for the faulty abstinence-only programs are cut. Even then, I’m not sure that Georgia wouldn’t find a way to continue with them. I’m still going to have to set Em apart and not let her attend these classes whenever she gets to the age when they’re offered. Once upon a time I had that information, but I can’t find it on the school’s website any more. So, while she’ll be fine because we teach her the facts and the truth, her classmates whose parents aren’t as involved won’t be so lucky.