“Contradiction: Group (sorta) likes government meddling” (Our Views, April 25) insinuates that some of us want the government to usurp the role and responsibilities of parents. Contrary to the inference, proposed legislative changes would allow parents to opt out of medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual education in public schools. This would continue the provision of current law. Nowhere is there any suggestion that students should be required to study this curriculum.
Oklahoma teenagers are giving birth at 150 percent of the national average. Clearly, abstinence-only sex education, when it's offered by school districts, isn't working very well. Proposed legislation would require the "providing of medically accurate, factual information that is age-appropriate and designed to reduce factors and behavior associated with unintended pregnancy, including but not limited to the teaching of or informing students about the practice of abstinence.” Parents objecting to the class or material would continue to be able to opt out for their child. No negative academic consequences would apply to the student.
Oklahoma has the fifth-highest teen birthrate in the nation. The number of Oklahoma girls giving birth at ages 10 to 14 is twice the national average. We are clearly not headed in the right direction.
Marion Homier, Choctaw
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