I support comprehensive sex education: Tell kids they don’t have to start their sex lives in high school; tell them how to protect themselves from disease and pregnancy if they do. I support it, but I don’t have much faith that teens will listen, either to what they hear in school or to what their parents tell them at home. Adolescents are stupid that way. That’s why we have so many people.
At any rate, with all the talk about Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter, I wondered what’s taught in Alaska schools.
It’s hard to know what they teach at Wasilla High, but Alaska schools are not limited to abstinence-only education. An Anchorage Daily News edit praises the state for its broader curriculum.
According to a 2002 Kaiser Family Foundation publication, Alaska is in the middle on sex ed, reports a New West blogger.
. . . Alaska was in a category of states requiring only that abstinence be â€œstressed,â€ but not necessarily to the exclusion of so-called â€œcomprehensiveâ€ sex education. On the other hand, Alaska also did not require contraception information in sex ed classes at that time.
The state doesn’t receive federal funding for abstinence-only education.
In her 2006 campaign, Palin said she supports birth control. She opposes “explicit” sex education in schools. Whatever that means.
Barack Obama had the right take on this: The candidates’ kids should be off limits. He also noted that his mother was 18 when he was born. It was six months after the wedding, I think.
Read Ed Morrissey’s story, We have walked in the Palins’ shoes. A lot of people have walked in those shoes.
Update: Off topic but funny.