Don’t weaken Maine’s comprehensive sex education program

You’d never see this much attention focused on geometry classes.

Maine’s comprehensive family life program – sex ed – is again under scrutiny by some lawmakers who wish to alter the state’s delivery of such education.

The state, however, absolutely should not compromise the strong program, which has proven its worth: The teen pregnancy rate in Maine is going down, for instance. Providing students with information – rather than withholding it – is always a better policy.

That’s why parts of a bill by Rep. Brian Duprey, R-Hampden, are worth revisiting. It would have mandated that more information on sex-ed curricula be provided to parents.

Duprey’s bill was rejected for good reason, however. It would have mandated that school administrators first receive written permission from parents or guardians before the district could provide comprehensive family life education to their children

Full article (Maine Today)