The Birds and the Bees - Feedback Friday
My friend Craig from the Constant Complainer shared a story about a "Sex Test" that was administered to students at Hardy Middle School (part of the D.C. public school system) this week that had parents in an uproar. I googled the controversy and found this news report from NBC Washington and another story HERE on MSNBC.
Okay, here is the scoop...
Students as young as 12 years old were about to begin a Health Class Sex Education Program by Metro TeenAIDS organization. To determine their baseline knowledge, the students were given a survey of questions to answer. Including some of the following questions:
What is your sex? (options were Male, Female, and Trans gender)
How sure are you that you...
Can name all four body fluids that can transmit HIV.
Know the difference between oral, vaginal, and anal sex
Would recognize the signs or symptoms of an STD.
Can correctly put a condom on yourself or your partner.
Can clearly say “no” if you do not want to have sex.
Can convince a reluctant partner to use barrier protection (i.e. condoms, dental dams) during sex.
For the complete survey CLICK HERE.
Parents were sent an "opt out" form for the program, but it was accidentally sent home the same day as the survey was administered.
Some further information about the students of D.C. Public Schools according to the Washington Post...
"Nearly seven percent of all D.C. teens were diagnosed with chlamydia in 2008. Further, D.C. teens account for half of all chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in D.C. And more than three percent of District residents older than 12 are living with HIV or AIDS."
Adam Tenner from Metro TeenAIDS defends his position: