Enquirer Editorials on Ohio Sex-Ed Plan


Oct. 25, 1998: Sex-Ed Warning: Following content may not be suitable for Ohio's school children
        Imagine classroom props such as Woodies (wooden penises), dental dams (for oral sex) and female condoms (for anal sex). Imagine teachers using these for hands-on practice for 6th to 12th graders. Too outrageous to believe, I said. I was wrong. It's in the pipeline for Ohio public schools.

Oct. 7, 1999: Stop the stealth attack on parents and schools
        The debate over sex education in Ohio schools is surfacing again this fall like a sequel to a bad R-rated movie. The first question: Will the legislature “unfreeze” money for several radically explicit, condom-based programs intended eventually for Ohio schools?

Oct. 7, 1999: Excerpts from CDC sex education
        Here are excerpts from CDC sex education (labeled “Programs that Work”) that the Ohio Department of Education wants to use in middle schools and high schools: “How to Make Condoms Fun and Pleasurable” — “Activity C: Once you and your partner agree to use condoms, do something positive and fun. Go to the store together. Buy lots of different brands and colors. Plan a special day when you can experiment. Just talking about how you'll use all of those condoms can be a turn-on.

Oct. 20, 1999: Sex-Ed: Who's in control?
        Our editorials about sex education in Ohio schools have ignited a brush-fire that is turning up the heat on state officials. The sex-ed plan is also making national news as other states discover a disturbing link to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Jan. 16, 2000: Parent alert on sex education
        Ohio is about to decide to accept or reject federal sex education that is offensive to most Ohioans, and school health plans engineered in Washington. Let's just say no.

Jan. 30, 2000: Congress should investigate sex-ed agenda
        Now that Ohio has said “no” to sex education engineered through Washington, it's time for national lawmakers to examine the engineers and their use of our tax money.

Jan. 30, 2000: Taking sides in Ohio's sex-ed debate
        Ohio lawmakers held hearings recently on whether to allow a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to finance several controversial sex education programs for schools. Here are excerpts and quotes from people who participated in the hearings:

Jan. 30, 2000: The state lied to us about sex-ed
        Ohio is hoarding $10 billion that was extorted by lawyers to punish tobacco companies, stop teen smoking and repay taxpayers for taking care of nicotine addicts who smoke themselves to death.

        If you're concerned about development of a proposed Ohio Model Competency-Based Progam in Health and Physical Education that includes a sex education curriculum called "Reducing the Risk," contact any of these representatives:
        Jennifer Sheets, president, Ohio Board of Education, phone 614-466-4838 or fax 614-466-0599.
        Melanie Bates, state board member for Hamilton and Warren counties, phone 513-281-2193; fax 513-281-2195.
        Diana Fessler, state board member for Butler, and Montgomery counties, phone 937-845-8428; fax 937-845-3550.
        Cyrus Richardson Jr., state board member for Clermont and Brown counties, phone 513-734-6700; fax 513-734-0483.
        Gail Nolte,state board member at-large, phone 513-945-8949; fac 513-945-8979.
        Dwight Hibbard, state board member at-large, phone 513-397-7397; fax 513-421-9018.
        Sen. Richard Finan, president, Ohio Senate, phone 614-466-9737; fax 614-728-7027.
        Rep. Jo Ann Davidson, speaker of the Ohio House, phone 614-466-4847.
        Dr. John Goff, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, 614-466-4838; fax 614-466-0599.
        Sen. Robert Gardner, chairman Ohio Senate Education Committee, ex officio state board member, phone 614-644-7718.
        Rep. Charles Brading, chairman Ohio House Education Committee, ex officio state board member, phone 614-466-3819.