Sex Ed

Sex Education classes in Illinois will soon get a facelift because of a measure approved by the Senate.  Illinois public schools that teach sex education will now be required to provide information about birth control.  Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, who sponsored the measure, said the measure still would require schools to teach that abstinence is the only way to prevent pregnancy and disease, while at the same time allowing “students to make healthy decisions for themselves.”

According to the Chicago Tribune

Current state law dictates that sex education curriculum in grates 6 through 12 “shall emphasize that abstinence is the expected norm” — that not engaging in sex is the only option 100 percent effective against unwanted pregnancies and disease and that “course material and instruction shall stress that pupils should abstain from sexual intercourse until they are ready for marriage.”

Schools have the option of teaching abstinence-only sex education, a comprehensive curriculum of abstinence and safe sex procedures, and simply not teaching sex education courses. State education officials said they don’t have specific tallies but estimated that the breakdown is divided evenly among the three options.

The pending legislation still affords schools the option of not teaching sex education at all. The proposal also would allow parents to examine the instructional materials to be used in class, and parents could opt to keep their children out of sex education classes without penalty.

Supporters of the measure believed that abstinence only education wasn’t effective, but opponents feel abstinence-only education should be the norm, and it’s the parents responsibility to arm their children with knowledge about sex.


What’s your opinion? Should birth control be a subject of discussion in Sex Ed classes?

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  • KDJW

    I totaly agree with this message. People need to be more realistic, if you don’t provide them with information they will go else where to experiment, this usually ends in unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

  • dbsm

    If you are going to talk about sex, period, it is imperative that you talk about birth control methods.

    If these discussions were had at home, it wouldn’t be necessary for the public school system to teach it; however, I still feel that it is a part of social education and general awareness.

    Even if kids are sheltered from sex [education] by their parents, the reality is that they will learn about it from their peers in combination with the media.

    Bottom line, most of us are brought to this earth by sex. Sex is natural. Sex has been considered a basic need. If kids learn that sex does not have to lead to pregnancy/birth/children nor infections/diseases, then maybe we can curb these effects and those who choose to have sex can do so with consciousness.

  • talaktochoba

    what’s so telling about this is by time they get it in class, these kids have already had it in the streets–mine was with the neighbourhood overdeveloped 12-year-old in my garage when i was eight, many times as i could lure her there…and i caredless if i starved for lunch for six months; and that was back at a time when people liked Ike and all TVs wore rabbit ears; abstinence is laudable, but perhaps we should be teaching kids not to have sex or marriage without love; i know to many that’s a radical concept, but it’s precisely the root of every single problem in our communities; perhaps if we teach them sex without love is just lust, before the streets do…