WOODSTOCK, New Brunswick, October 21, 2004 ( – Parents of grade 6 to 8 schoolchildren being subjected to explicit sexual education curricula were up in arms Monday night at a public forum debate of the issue.

Over 400 parents attended the forum, according to a CBC report, upset that the curriculum will arguably stimulate greater interest in sex among their children, rather than the intended consequence of reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases through so-called safe-sex education.  Tracy Taylor, whose daughter is in Grade 7 at Woodstock Middle School, said the curriculum is aimed at children who are not ready for the information. She wants to see a greater emphasis placed on abstinence, a theme largely ignored by the curricula. “The new health curriculum touches on this subject and I emphasize the word touches, but the program is not abstinence-based,” she said. She plans to remove her daughter from the classes if the course is not modified.  Read the related report:  Major New U.S. Study Proves That Abstinence Works UK Sex-Ed Backfire: Survey Reveals Increased Pregnancy Rates in Teens Subjected to Program “Sex Manual” for 12 Year Old School Children has Nova Scotia Parents Riled   To contact the Woodstock, NB, middle school:  Principal: Ms. Wendy Dickinson; Vice Principal: Mr. John Irvine   135 Green Street, Woodstock, N. B., E7M 1T9 Phone: (506) 325-4436 Fax: (506) 325-4542

School board Superintendent: James Thorburn, Tel: (506) 325-4432, Email: [email protected]   School Board Director of Education: Colin Craig, Tel: (506) 325-4754 Email: [email protected] School Board Supervisor of Physical Education: Avis Fitton, Tel: (506) 325-4310 Email: [email protected]   Tv


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