Opponents Push For Abstinence-Only Option In NYC Sex Ed Curriculum

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sex education is returning to New York City, but not everyone is happy with the curriculum.

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Citing concerns over abortion and out-of-wedlock births, opponents of the current public school sex education program — including the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s Greg Pfundstein — want parents to have a more conservative choice for their kids.

“We are not asking the city to stop offering sex education. We are asking the city to offer medically-accurate, evidence-based, abstinence-centered education as an alternative for parents who prefer it,” said Pfundstein.

Pfundstein went on to say that many parents represented by the foundation believe that children may be getting the wrong message from certain provisions in the sex ed curriculum.

“When you tell kids ‘you should be abstinent, but if you’re not abstinent, here’s how you use a condom, here’s where you get contraception.’  It gives something of a wink and a nod to sexual activity,” Pfundstein said.

The Rev. Michael Faulkner was blunt about the new curriculum, saying “listen, the kind of program was introduced in our schools twenty years ago. It has been a dismal failure.”

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Faulkner says kids in his congregation want to know how to say no.

Starting in the spring, kids as young as 11 will be learning about the birds and bees, even how to use condoms. It is the first time in twenty years that sex ed will be taught in New York City public school classrooms.

Opponents said they agree with the program’s goals, but insist parents should have the abstinence-only alternative rather than have their kids learn about condoms and other contraceptives.

What do you think should be in New York City’s sex ed curriculum? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • MA_Benjamin

    NYC Parents Choice coalition agrees with you. We merely want to empower parents the choice of sex ed program that best reflects their values and concerns. We want to reduce teen sexual involvement and teen pregnancy by empowering our young people with the information and tools necessary to choose abstinence and to resist the pressure to have sex. Visit us at http://nycparentschoice.org/

  • Quazy

    For those that keep going on and on about the program not working, look at this article in the Washington Post.


    Then there is the fact that even with all these “safe sex” classes being taught, teen pregnancies, STDs, and the like are on the rise. Maybe we should try something different.

  • Dakotahgeo, Pastor/Chaplain

    I can just hear it now…” Mom, I’m pregnant… I guess the abstinence program didn’t work!”

    Yeeeeeee–up!!! And f course the parents/(Moms) are against abortion. Nice choice for the “mom-and-pop” to be.

    • MA_Benjamin

      Take a look at this Washington Post story about the Jemmott study that evaluated an effective abstinence-based sex education program: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/01/AR2010020102628.html
      Abstinence education was twice as effective as “condom-based” sex ed in a population that you mocked in your comment.

      • Dakotahgeo, Pastor/Chaplain

        Quazy/MA_Benjamin… settle on one name, please. THEN post a comment.

  • karma5230

    Abstinence only as a curriculum does not work. Studies prove it is a flawed curriculum full of bad information and science.

  • Bklyn mom

    As a parent of a 10 year old boy who will be going to middle school next year, I think the abstinence should definitely be taught at this level. However, not providing alternative information to high school kids who may be engaging in sexual activity no matter what you tell them, is wrong. Their hormones will override any education you may instill in them and it’s better to be safe than sorry. So again, the curriculum should be tailored to the age group it’s serving.

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