Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Sex Ed Reform

This is good news:

The Maryland State Board of Education has upheld a decision by the Montgomery County school system to add new lessons on sexual orientation for use in every middle and high school in Montgomery County.

In a ruling today, the state board decided that the county legally could move forward with discussions on homosexuality and gender identity in health classes where they have not been addressed except in response to a question from a student.

Two lessons, totaling 90 minutes, will be added to health courses in grades eight and 10 in the fall, along with a 10th-grade lesson and instructional DVD on the correct use of a condom.

The curriculum revisions, while short, place Montgomery in the forefront of a movement toward more candor in teaching about homosexuality in public schools.

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