Textbook Censorship Denies Reality

RECEIVED Thu., Nov. 11, 2004

Dear Editor,
   The recent decision by the State Board of Education to censor sex education in health texts for Texas high school students stifles objectivity among adolescents and teenagers facing the challenges of sexual development and the responsibilities of sexual activity ["Texas Remains Sexless," News, Nov. 12]. An agenda aimed at advancing morality over the factual analysis of health care, family planning, social relationships, and self-evaluation serves neither student nor society. Moreover, the burden to taxpayers remains unrelieved, as Texas leads the nation in youth pregnancy. It is alarming that board administrators would vote to intentionally omit accurate representations of the human anatomy for the purpose of student/teacher reference, in favor of abstinence-only mandates. When will our consciences get a clue? Kids are having sex. Instead of teaching them that there is no such thing as sex, we should be teaching them age-appropriate behaviors and responsibilities.
Respectfully,
Airie Hicks
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