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Novemeber 1, 2009
Free To Be's Abstinence Message Challenged

Free To Be sends speakers into middle and high schools each year to talk to students about the benefits of abstaining from sex until marriage. Eagle Forum reports that the ACLU targeted the groups' efforts in California, specifically in school districts in Sonoma County. The ACLU claims that schools violate state law by inviting Free To Be to campus because the speakers do not teach students about contraceptives even though under California law not every speaker has to cover every issue.

This sort of action highlights an important education issue: who decides what is essential to learn and what information is covered when. Thankfully, the rest of the article describes how others are recognizing this very issue. The entire article can be viewed on Eagle Forum's website at www.EagleForum.org/educate/2009/sept09/abstinence-ed.html. For homeschoolers, such incidences should encourage us to make sure we have developed a written statement of our own philosophy of education.


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