Local Control Is Crucial in Sex-Education Policy

By Longeway, Barbara L. | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), April 2, 1998 | Go to article overview

Local Control Is Crucial in Sex-Education Policy


Longeway, Barbara L., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Democrats and some Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly just don't get it. The issue is not whether to remove the family life education (FLE) curriculum and guidance counselors from Virginia's public schools. The issue is whether these nonacademic programs, with no measurable goals, will be managed by elected local school boards or mandated by Richmond.

Last year, 97 percent of the 10,000-plus residents who wrote the Virginia Board of Education stated they want local options, not state mandates, of these nonacademic programs. Every Virginia pro-family organization prefers the local option. The Virginia School Board Association also supports local control.

The Board of Education responded by making these nonacademic programs optional for each local school board. But liberal forces in the General Assembly decided to ignore the residents and interfere with the board's policy-making responsibilities.

The FLE curriculum teaches contraception and "safer sex," which ensures business and profits for Planned Parenthood. Contraception often fails and creates the "need" for abortion, which is conveniently available at Planned Parenthood facilities. Condom manufacturers also profit from the FLE "safer sex" curriculum. But condoms have a failure rate of as much as 30 percent.

The only protection from HIV and AIDS is abstinence before marriage and a monogamous marriage. But the FLE curriculum does not emphasize abstinence.

When I went to school, guidance counselors gave advice only on academics and career planning. Now, even though the state denies that psychotherapy is practiced, pro-family organizations have documented instances of complex counseling techniques, such as guided imagery, hypnosis and transcendental meditation. Renaming such techniques means that parents may not even know if their children are subjected to these practices.

Virginia's professional counselors must complete a rigorous master's degree program and 4,000 hours of clinical training, plus pass a board-approved examination to get their licenses.

School guidance counselors are not licensed by that board. …

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