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Near Even Split Between Abstinence Only and Abstinence Plus

By Annie Gilbertson | Published 27 Jul 2012 03:52pm | comments
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For the first time this school year, all Mississippi students will be taught some form of sex education.  MPB's Southern Education Desk reporter, Annie Gilbertson, reports Mississippi schools are split over how best to to educate students about sex.

81 Mississippi school districts chose Abstinence Only - a sex education framework that teaches the benefits of abstinence until marriage.  That compares to the 68 districts that signed on to Abstinence Plus which teaches the benefits of abstinence plus methods of contraception. 3 Districts chose some combination of the two frameworks.

Sex education proponents say with more education, the state may see a decrease in teen pregnancy and STD rates.

But the chairman of the Mississippi Board of Education, Wayne Gann, says it’s too early to tell whether the new sex ed law will make a difference

Gann: "Abstinence Only or Abstience Plus.  That doesn't tell me anything about what the content of either one is."

Gann says everything depends on how each curriculum is implemented in the classroom.

From the Southern Education Desk, for MPB News, I'm Annie Gilbertson.

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