Clovis School District: Sex Education that Gets an "F"

California state law mandates that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, science-based, and bias-free. So why are Clovis Unified High Schools teaching teens from a book that makes no mention of condoms, even in chapters about HIV/AIDS and on preventing STDs and unintended pregnancy?

Recent events, such as Representative Akin’s ill-informed statements about reproductive biology and rape – put the issue in a stark light. The brand of sex ed that Clovis high schools are peddling is putting teens’ health at risk – it’s dangerous, unlawful, and could have serious consequences if it is not stopped.

Instead of getting critical information about condoms and contraception, teens in the city’s high schools are told that to prevent STDs and unintended pregnancies, they should just “practice abstinence,” “respect yourself,” “get plenty of rest,” and “go out as a group.”

It gets worse. The curriculum teaches that all people, even adults, should avoid sexual activity until they are married. Additional materials compare a woman who is not a virgin to a dirty shoe and suggest that men are unable to stop themselves once they become sexually aroused.

The ACLU of Northern California is representing parents and physicians in a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District over this outrageous and ill-conceived curriculum.

Students need – and deserve – complete, accurate information in order to make healthy choices. It’s all the more essential given current statistics: the rate of STDs among California teens has been on the rise over the last decade. In Fresno County, teens account for nearly a third of chlamydia cases and a quarter of gonorrhea cases, both of which can have serious health consequences if they are not detected and treated. Fresno County also has one of the highest rates in California of chlamydia infection among 15-24 year olds. The County also has had one of the highest teen birth rates in the state, and has for over a decade.

Clovis schools need to do better by their students, by teaching comprehensive sex education that promotes healthy relationships, healthy decisions, and healthy futures for youth.

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THIS LAWSUIT IS RIDICULOUS! I am a member of the ACLU and I also attended school at Clovis Unified School District. I'm ashamed the ACLU has gotten involved with this because I do know many members of the Fresno chapter. The school district is in the top five in the NATION and provides so much to its students. They prepare students for college so well and the extra curricular activities are so vast. If you aren't from Fresno, just look at pictures of the facilities at Buchannan High or Clovis West and you will understand what I am saying. Student's state test scores are ALWAYS AT THE TOP OF CALIFORNIA AND THE NATION! To divert money away from education to fight a lawsuit is silly. The parents should be talking to their kids about condoms. Sex ed is a touchy subject and I believe they were walking a fine line because many parents get upset when kids are told about birth control,etc. MOST parents want their kids to be taught about abstinence and would PREFER to have discussions about the rest with their children privately. Why make such a big deal about it? GET OVER IT! I'm a progressive and registered Democrat and I still think this whole thing is STUPID. I say to the ACLU and the parents to drop the suit and TALK to your kids!!

Anonymous

THIS LAWSUIT IS RIDICULOUS! I am a member of the ACLU and I also attended school at Clovis Unified School District. I'm ashamed the ACLU has gotten involved with this because I do know many members of the Fresno chapter. The school district is in the top five in the NATION and provides so much to its students. They prepare students for college so well and the extra curricular activities are so vast. If you aren't from Fresno, just look at pictures of the facilities at Buchannan High or Clovis West and you will understand what I am saying. Student's state test scores are ALWAYS AT THE TOP OF CALIFORNIA AND THE NATION!

To divert money away from education to fight a lawsuit is silly. The parents should be talking to their kids about condoms. Sex ed is a touchy subject and I believe they were walking a fine line because many parents get upset when kids are told about birth control,etc. MOST parents want their kids to be taught about abstinence and would PREFER to have discussions about the rest with their children privately. Why make such a big deal about it? GET OVER IT! I'm a progressive and registered Democrat and I still think this whole thing is STUPID. I say to the ACLU and the parents to drop the suit and TALK to your kids!!

Anonymous

I think this lawsuit is completely ridiculous. I am a member of the ACLU and also attended school in Clovis Unified School District. It is an excellent school district. The schools and curriculum are top of the line. It is even in the top five best school districts in the nation. If you aren't from Clovis, just look at pictures of Buchannan High and Clovis North High. The band at Buchannan has its own 18 wheeler. The amount of extracurricular activities is like no other district in the U.S. I am a Democrat and a Progressive and I still think that the ACLU is wasting their money. What you are doing is diverting funds away from the students because two parents are mad. Schools can only teach so much and it is a fine line to walk with parents concerning sex ed. I can promise you there are at least a thousand other parents who are happy that the curriculum emphasized abstinence. Parents should be talking to their kids about condoms and STD's. I say drop the lawsuit and move on to more important issues.

Ridiculous!

THIS LAWSUIT IS RIDICULOUS! I am a member of the ACLU and I also attended school at Clovis Unified School District. I'm ashamed the ACLU has gotten involved with this because I do know many members of the Fresno chapter. The school district is in the top five in the NATION and provides so much to its students. They prepare students for college so well and the extra curricular activities are so vast. If you aren't from Fresno, just look at pictures of the facilities at Buchannan High or Clovis West and you will understand what I am saying. Student's state test scores are ALWAYS AT THE TOP OF CALIFORNIA AND THE NATION! To divert money away from education to fight a lawsuit is silly. The parents should be talking to their kids about condoms. Sex ed is a touchy subject and I believe they were walking a fine line because many parents get upset when kids are told about birth control,etc. MOST parents want their kids to be taught about abstinence and would PREFER to have discussions about the rest with their children privately. Why make such a big deal about it? GET OVER IT! I'm a progressive and registered Democrat and I still think this whole thing is STUPID. I say to the ACLU and the parents to drop the suit and TALK to your kids!!

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