The report from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund - Just Say Don't Know: Sexuality Education in
Wiley and Wilson worked with researchers to analyze thousands of pages of curriculum materials, policies and other documents from nearly all of the more than 1,000 school districts in
The study found that more than 96 percent of
"Like most parents, I provide the moral and ethical guidance my children need on this sensitive subject," Miller said. "I also want sexuality education programs to encourage abstinence. But we must stop burying our heads in the sand about high teen birth and STD rates and make sure young people get the medically accurate information they need to protect their health and their futures."
Among the report's findings:
* 41 percent of
* Abstinence programs recklessly discourage the use of condoms by insisting that they are ineffective in preventing pregnancy and STDs.
* Shame- and fear-based instruction is common and equates sex with anti-social behaviors, disease and death.
* Instruction often promotes stereotypes and biases, including the promotion of rigid and outdated gender roles.
* Some public schools use religious instruction to promote sexual abstinence.
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