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We appreciate your sudden interest in our fight here in Mississippi to ensure that children get medically accurate, evidence-based, and age-appropriate sex education in their public schools. We are writing to tell you that facts matter, whether in a sex education curriculum or in a national news item.
Contrary to your headlines—and even the present progressive tense in some of your stories — Oxford School District is not teaching a curriculum that compares girls to nasty, passed-around chocolate. Oxford is now teaching two curricula recommended by the U. Sure, Slate acknowledged several paragraphs in to its outraged finger-wag that the district is not teaching these lessons today.
Unfortunately, since the Slate article failed to mention when Oxford made the switch, the reader gets the impression that the district pitched the peppermint pattie as recently as yesterday instead of two years ago. The story of Oxford School District is, in reality, a victory for teenagers, their parents, and those of us in Mississippi who care about whether children get the facts they need to make good decisions about their health.
We helped 29 school districts achieve a similar victory.
InMississippi First decided to combat high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by getting evidence-based sex education in public schools. We wrote a model policy for school districts to adopt and worked with the State Department of Health to secure federal grant money to fund curricula, teacher training, and on-going technical assistance.
In the midst of our planning, the Mississippi Legislature passed HBa law that, though seriously flawed, required that school districts implement sex education for the first time.
The one benefit the law provided is that it forced school districts to take action. We met with them and provided them information that they were able to use in their advocacy efforts. The moms are truly Mississippi women that want sex heroes of this story. They wrote letters, partnered with allies on the school board, spoke publicly in favor of evidence-based programs, and organized their friends to pack the Board meeting when the vote to change the policy would take place.
Their dedication and hard work won the day. Yet although the Oxford School Board adopted CHART, concerns about a backlash led administrators to decide to partially implement the curricula in the 7 th grade and 10 th grades, instead of the full sequence. While we work to achieve full implementation, one thing is for sure—no teenagers in Oxford are asked to handle a peppermint pattie. There is plenty to be outraged about in regards to sex education in Mississippi; there is no need to play fast and loose with the facts to justify an inflammatory headline. Here i s where your indignation could have really helped if you had done a bit more researching and a bit less googling for pictures of chocolate: only We still have a long way to go.
We want all school districts, whether or not they ever adopt CHART, to teach only evidence-based programs. It is easy for the national media to write short articles excerpting the most eye-popping pieces of a sex ed story about Mississippi.
We are not Mississippi women that want sex you to temper your anger when schools tell girls—or any child—that they are dirty or worthless. We are asking you to take the extra five minutes to acquaint yourself with the full story, including the remarkable progress that we are making despite the odds. If you like what we are doing, donate to the cause. Better yet, come here and us in our quest to make Mississippi first. We can connect you to a lot of great organizations that are hiring. This is a really great article in the defense of some of the unprofessional investigated reporting that has been going on lately which continues to hurt the reputation of our Mississippi schools.
We all live in the USA the last time I checked and this problem is an issue everywhere in our countrynot just here. Teachers and schools in Mississippi are getting the bad deal. We are cut to the bare bone for budgets, because some top level employees in school systems are paid too much for thinking they know what is wrong with issues in schools in which they have never taught.
Teachers and principals do most of the work in overcrowded classes and schools. There is no discipline to teach as you need at the grade level you should be teaching because there are teachers fudging grades at the persuasive suggestions of their superiors. Thus, kids get passed on and teachers must teach again what they needed to have known the year before. Each year your expectations get lower and lower to keep drop out rates low and then they keep adding new curriculum changes.
They need a special person just for these classes in my opinion. Half the schools are sharing Counselors just to handle schedules and senior planning. There is no time for talks with social problems. We really need to have work here in this state somehow to generate income for tax revenue for our schools.
Our children are our future.
We have a heritage of many famous people to be proud of in our state. Some people came from the lowest of means and went far over the top. Can all states boast this?
Our kids need to know to respect and love their bodies. They are miraculous in their creation. Respect your bodies and your self worth!! Then let them follow. When you are young you want so much so fast!!! Once you go over that line, you may realize your body could have said okbut your mind and heart could not! Emotions are so confusing and it is the chemicals changing in bodies at that age not being crazy or moody, or strange. We are all in this together. God bless all … Dawn Copley. The study concluded that two of the curricula were accurate but that 11 others, used by 69 organizations in 25 states, blurred religion and science, and contained unproven claims and subjective conclusions or outright falsehoods regarding the effectiveness of contraceptives, gender traits, and when life begins.
Condoms fail to prevent HIV transmission as often as 31 percent of the time in heterosexual intercourse.Mississippi Sex Ed: Girls Are Like Dirty Chocolate
Please do right by the young people of the state of Mississippi and ensure that they are receiving correct information. Great, great article. Appreciate all the work you do! Beautifully said. I have to admit I was one that immediately attacked the educational system in Mississipp because of the article in the LA Times.
As an educator I understand how education and educators have been placed at the bottom of the list as what should be given priority for funding and support. The educators in Mississippi have my sympathy for the struggles they are having to endure in order to educate the children of that state. I appreciate you folks clarifying the situation.
If this is true, then the articles from the LA Times, Slate, etc. Today we just want to enjoy benefits without work and dedication from our sides. We demand respect without proving ourselves to be trustworthy, faithful and dependable. These are the kind of things we should be teaching children in order to build a better tomorrow, not the kind of education where our children are exposed to all kinds of sexual perversions. Children should be studying and preparing themselves to stand on their own in the world and not being spoiled even before they began.
Well done Mississippi, may you put the Lord first in your endeavors and you will see Class A students that can lead. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment.Mississippi women that want sex
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