We didn’t have to wait long to start taking fire from right-wingers upset by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s new report Just Say Don’t Know: Sexuality Education in Texas Public Schools.
Just five hours after we released the report, TFN staffers received an e-mail blast from right-wing gadfly Donna Garner. You might remember Garner. She’s the person who several weeks ago sent out an e-mail blast that linked accepting the science of evolution with serial murderers like Jeffrey Dahmer.
Yeah, her. (Stop rolling your eyes. Read.)
Garner’s new e-mail screed takes us to task for reporting about the outrageous nonsense abstinence-only programs teach Texas teens about sexuality and health. She devotes much of her e-mail to defending Scott and White Worth the Wait, the most widely used abstinence-only curriculum in the state.
She is particularly upset that our report notes Worth the Wait in the section about abstinence-only programs promoting fear and shame about sexuality. In a review of Worth the Wait’s materials, SIECUS notes pretty much the same thing:
Worth the Wait does incorporate important topics suggested by the Guidelines, such as puberty, anatomy, sexual abuse, and legal issues related to sexuality,… Read More
Today the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund released a major new study detailing how public schools in our state teach young people about sexuality and health.
And the news is not good.
Our new report — Just Say Don’t Know: Sexuality Education in Texas Public Schools — conclusively demonstrates that Texas is failing families and students when it comes to sexuality education. Less than 4 percent of Texas school districts give young people any information about responsible pregnancy and disease prevention. Even worse, the information students do receive about sexuality and health is often grossly distorted or simply wrong.
You can get an idea of the type of troubling materials students encounter in sex education by viewing the video below. (The information in this video comes straight from actual materials used in Texas classrooms.)[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a22jT4K_wRQ]
You can view two additional videos and read the full report at www.JustSayDontKnow.org.
Appalled? So are we. So let’s do something about it:… Read More
Teaching young people about sexuality and health should be serious business. But you wouldn’t know that from the materials used in many Texas classrooms…
Get a sneak peek at a video previewing the release of a new Texas Freedom Network Education Fund report on sexuality education in Texas public schools. (The scene in the video is pulled directly from materials actually used in Texas public school classrooms. We wish we were kidding.)
We will release the report at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Texas Capitol in Austin. You are welcome to join us on the North Steps of the Capitol for the press conference.
The full report – as well as two more videos – will also be available tomorrow on the Web site. So be sure to check back to www.JustSayDontKnow.org tomorrow after 11 a.m.
(Media Inquiries: Contact Dan Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 512-322-0545.)… Read More