School board scrutinizing sex education textbooks

November 18, 1992|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

School board members are to vote tonight on whether to include two new textbooks, "Married and Single Life" and "Education in Sexuality," in family life curricula.

The textbooks are part of a list of 17 family course items,including pamphlets, book markers, videodiscs and videotapes, that are up for board approval.

The entire list was to have been approved during the summer and early fall. But not all the board members were able to review the material in time. Now, they are trying to go over a few items at each meeting.

A citizens advisory committee, comprised of clergy, health professionals, parents, students, and concerned citizens, reviews materials for the course each year, then submits a list of materials to the board for final approval.

Last March, 68-year-old Edward McCormack, petitioned the board to include a videotape, "A Talk With Molly Kelly on Teens and Chastity."

The board said the tape was too long and lacked minority representation. But several schools invited Mrs. Kelly to speak to students.

Two weeks ago, board member Michael Pace nominated Mr. McCormack to the advisory committee.

The board also is to vote on a resolution from the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County asking Congress to make education a budget priority.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Education headquarters at 2644 Riva Road.

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