Archive for November 6th, 2007

Florida sex education study

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The University of Florida recently released the findings of a study on just how much and what kind of sex education is taught in Florida’s public schools. It doesn’t look good for Florida’s students. Even though most parents apparently want some type of sex education in the schools, the quality of instruction is seriously hit or miss and varies wildly in content across the state. No wonder levels of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies are going up in our state!

“Most people are aware that there are major cultural differences between, say, Miami and Tallahassee,” Bandiera said. “What we found in terms of sex education, though, is that these places may as well be on different planets.”

“More than half of sex educators used a ‘locally developed curriculum,’” Dodge said. “In reality this could be anything. Respondents to our survey reported using everything from formal state guidelines to random Internet information and outdated county curricula. In short, there appears to be no uniformity in terms of underlying value systems or philosophical foundations for sex education in Florida.”

Public meetings about draft science standards

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The Orlando Sentinel blog (from previous post) had mentioned a “town meeting” date for public input concerning the new draft of Florida’s science standards (click on the “Our Science Standards” category if you need to catch up on what is going on). I had a tough time trying to find where these town meeting dates are mentioned by the Department of Education. Finally, I was pointed toward a PowerPoint presentation on this web page. Go to the presentation from October 26, 2007. On slide 40 it says:

  • Leon County – Nov. 7, 5:30 to 7 PM – State Library – RA Gray Building
  • Orange County – Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7 PM – Jones High School
  • Others (TBD): Broward, Duval, and Hillsborough

If you’re interested in voicing your opinion, call ahead to the place where the presentation is supposed to take place to make sure it’s still scheduled, and then show up.

I find it odd that these town hall meetings are not more widely publicized.