Monday, August 14, 2006

Let's Talk About Sex

So I kind of want to write today about how former Governor Hughes is endorsing Tom Perez for AG, Peter Franchot apparently has $900k racked up, or the other hot races in Maryland, but I can't. You see, we'd better talk about sex.

Specifically, today's post is about Montgomery County Public Schools and sex ed. I'll give it to you pretty simply: the schools are grappling with how thoroughly to teach MC young people about sex and sexuality and the most energetic people locally on this issue are often conservatives who want to limit the education our kids get, limiting their knowledge as they make difficult choices that shape their lives. Sexual behavior, contraception, sexual orientation -- these are things our kids need to learn about. A Board of Education election coming up that will decide 4 seats and maybe impact what our kids are taught, but it's getting little notice with so many higher profile races in the County and across Maryland.

The Gazette did a questionnaire of Board of Education candidates that reveals stark differences between the candidates on what should be taught to students on issues like sexuality, pregnancy and contraception. So, if you think MC students should learn about these important subjects without conservative interference, check out the responses of candidates for the Board of Education about sex ed.

The full post, including candidates' positions from the questionnaire is available OnBackground.

3 Comments:

Blogger nickshepDEM said...

Hey, nice site! Ive been searching for an actively updated MD blog. I used to run one myself called - The Dundalk Democrat, but I just couldnt find the time to regularly update.

Ill try to make a point to stop by daily!

8/14/2006 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger takomaboy said...

I agree that sex ed is an improtant issue and I read the postions of all of the school board candidates. So let's hope that the intelligwnt progressives break through, However if the downstream comsequences of bad sex eduacation ends up on the front page let's hope we have a progressive atorney generalto deal with them. I am still interested in your thoughts on the AG's race and the comptroller's race. The AG position is critical to the development of the state over the next four years and andI don't want it occpupied by an ambitious idiot. The comptroller sits on a committee of three, with the Governor and the Treasurer, that can slash any state department or program by 25% at any time. No idiots there either, please!

8/14/2006 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Sara da Muse said...

Well, Don Schaefer certainly isn't getting my vote. I just wish there was only one challenger so he or she could win. Does anyone know what Janet Owens stands for? I don't live in AA, so I don't. Franchot's pretty progressive, but a bit of a climber with sharp elbows.

8/16/2006 10:20:00 AM  

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