Texas Board of Education President Says Access To Information No Good
Texas law requires school districts to emphasize abstinence in sex education classes. Texas also had the nation's highest birth rate among teenagers ages 15 to 19 in 2004 [63 births per 1,000 teens vs. 41 births per 1,000 teens average rate nationally].
When asked about the possibility that Texas' emphasis on abstinence in sex education contributes to the state's relatively high numbers, Don McLeroy, president of the State Board of Education, had this to say:
"The idea that just giving them a lot of information is going to solve it, I think, is kind of naive," he said. "Certainly, it's more of a societal problem than it is a school problem."
When the president of the State Board of Education tells you access to information isn't all that's cracked up to, you naive sorts better take note.