East Lansing Fixing Sex Ed Problems

East Lansing Fixing Sex Ed Problems July 16, 2015

You may recall a few months ago when a professor sat in on her son’s sex education class at East Lansing High School and live-tweeted the appalling lies being taught by an outside group of Christian right ideologues hired to help teach the course. The school is now apparently going to change that.

East Lansing schools will suspend the use of an outside contractor who helped teach the district’s sex education curriculum.

The vote Monday came three months after the district came under fire for its sex education curriculum at the high school, which has an abstinence-only component taught by a group called Sexually Mature Aware Responsible Teens, or SMART, which is affiliated with Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing. The pregnancy center counsels women to avoid abortions…

Breeann Anderson was one of two parents who were appointed Monday to chair the sexual health advisory board, and said she welcomed the change.

“I am glad the board recognized the need to take action and see to the needs of the students,” Anderson said. “We can now move forward and put into the hands of our students and teachers some updated, medically accurate sexual health information which respects and reflects the community’s needs.”

School board President Nell Kuhnmuench said the curriculum will now be handled by trained teachers.

But it’s the content that really matters, not who delivers it. I was shocked that this was going on at East Lansing, of all places. That is a school full of children whose parents are professors at Michigan State University and East Lansing is a very progressive community (first in the nation to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance that included sexual orientation, for example). It sounds like they’re waking up to what was going on and taking the right steps to make sure what is taught in sex education is accurate.

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