By Greg Pfundstein
The NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition is gaining traction! We have been hard at work reaching out to the media and to elected officials, and we are finding them quite receptive to our argument that there ought to be an alternative program for children of parents who have a different philosophy of sex education than the one represented by the Mayor’s mandated curriculum.
We have also launched 20,000 robo calls to NYC households to encourage them to contact them mayor to demand an alternative. We have been ignored by the mayor and Chancellor Walcott for nearly two months, but we aren’t giving up. Parents deserve the right to have a say in the education of their children on such a sensitive topic.
So please help us to continue to spread the word. Remember, there are over 20 abstinence programs that have been shown to be effective at delaying sexual initiation, the clear primary prevention objective which should be at the center of any sex ed curriculum that has the best interest of children in mind. And kids want this guidance too! In the recent Essence Magazine article we discussed recently, one 14 year old girl had this to say: “I wish instead of telling me not to have sex my mother would tell me exactly how to say no.” Kids want help to resist the pressure to have sex at a very young age, and they should get it both at home and at school. I can’t see how telling kids that they can start having sex when they “feel ready” is going to give them the tools they need to make the healthiest decision they can make: abstinence.
Thanks to all of you for your support, and spread the word!