South Carolina school districts are failing to comply with a 1988 State law about the basics of teaching sex education, according to a report released this month.
The report, titled, “A Sterling Opportunity: 25 Years After the Comprehensive Health Education Act” by the New Morning Foundation, also says the original law is flawed because it doesn't provide oversight of what districts are teaching in sex education classes.
Full Report Here:
The report indicates the following as essential parts of sex education, but says not all of it is being taught or taught properly …
• Delaying age of first sexual intercourse
• Reducing the number of sexual partners
• Decreasing the number of times young people have unprotected sex
• Increasing condom use.
The 1988 Comprehensive Health Education Act law requires school districts in South Carolina to:
• Teach high school students about reproductive health and pregnancy prevention for a minimum of 750 minutes in the ninth through 12th grade
• Teach middle school students about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV prevention
• Provide health education teachers with staff development opportunities
• Form a health education advisory committee consisting of 13 members, including students
• Send an annual report detailing whether the district is complying with the law to the S.C. Department of Education
Some decisions on classroom materials and topics to be covered are left to the discretion of school districts.
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Nothing in the current law provides penalties for districts that don't comply. Some districts don't even file the required annual report.
Pickens County School District officials contend that there is no reporting requirement.
From the report:
“There are no annual reports required to be submitted to the SCDE regarding sexuality education in our district. We are not aware of any requirement by the South Carolina State Department of Education.”
In an interview with a school official in Liberty who wished to remain anonymous,
"I know that the teen birth rate in Liberty is very high. I don't think it's because of lack of education though. My personal opinion on the matter is - children aren't being taught respect any more. Respect for their futures, elders, or of moral law."