Target: Crane High School Principal Tony Priest
Goal: Congratulate school for efforts in reforming ineffective sexual education curriculum.
A Texas high school that has an abstinence only sexual education has voted to change its curriculum after a severe outbreak of Chlamydia. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reported the outbreak is at “epidemic proportions.” The high school’s only sex education consists of a three-day course that encourages abstinence. With only 300 students and around 20 reported cases of the sexually transmitted disease, it is estimated that one in 15 kids has been infected with the disease.
Thanks to many petitions, including ones by the ForceChange community, school officials have met to discuss the abstinence course. Even more importantly, the school board has voted on changes that will be made to the sex ed curriculum. “We do have an abstinence curriculum, and that evidently ain’t working,” said Jim Rumage, superintendent for the Crane Independent School District, as reported by KFOR.
This is a huge step in keeping the students of Crane High School and the surrounding community safe. It is evident that the abstinence sexual education does not work, but it takes courage to acknowledge this along with changing practices to improve the safety of the community. It is important to acknowledge the school’s efforts.
Please support this decision by signing this petition.
Dear Tony Priest,
A significant body of scientific research confirms that abstinence-based curricula are ineffective programs. They’re often riddled with negative messages about sexuality and gender roles and tend to be ignorant about the effectiveness of birth control. Therefore, I applaud your decision to discuss the implications of having an abstinence only curriculum. Additionally, I applaud the decision to vote on curriculum reforms surrounding the sexual education program at the high school.
This is an extremely important step in educating your students for the real world as well as being a monumental step in the lives of young adults who deserve comprehensive and inclusive sexual education. Sexuality is not shameful and it is not wrong.
States like Texas, where schools are not currently required to offer comprehensive sexual health instruction, have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy rates. Your decision to try to reform your current sexual education program is clearly in the best interest of students and this deserves to be celebrated.
I wish you the best of luck going forward.
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