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Yesterday I wrote about how Giuliani supported McCain's sex ed attack ad even though, as mayor, his own school system had sex ed for kindergartners. The line Giuliani used has also been used by others such as Rush Limbaugh:   the Illinois bill wasn't just about preventing inappropriate touching, since it also had language about HIV prevention education starting in kindergarten. Ew! Who could support such a thing?

Well, the Bush administration does.

First, let's have a look at the 2003 policy statement for the state board of education for Tennessee, not the most socially liberal of states. See page 6:

The HIV prevention education program shall:

• Be taught at every level, kindergarten through grade twelve;
• Follow content guidelines prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Whoa! Not only does Tennessee do this- it does this at the behest of the CDC?!? Indeed it does. The CDC website tells me that it funds the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) as part of its HIV prevention programs. Specifically, the NASBE is supposed to use the CDC funding for

Providing HIV-related information and guidance to state boards of
education and other education stakeholders on policies that promote
effective HIV prevention for kindergarten through 12th grade students in
schools across the nation.

Here's how the NASBE describes its model program for HIV prevention, which it seems clear that Tennessee has followed:

   The goals of HIV prevention education are to promote
   healthful living and discourage the behaviors that put people at risk
   of acquiring HIV. The educational program will:

       * Be taught at every level, kindergarten through grade twelve;

John McCain likes to portray himself as an opponent of wasteful and inappropriate government programs. Well, where he was he when the Bush administration was funding sex education for kindergartners? If he really objects to this kind of program, he should have been going after Bush long before he started going after Obama.

Originally posted to ChiGuy on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 07:47 AM PDT.

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  •  Oh, come on (2+ / 0-)
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    ChiGuy, cherry poptart

    You can't expect the facts to get in the way of such an effective smear!

    John McCain is a liar, and so is his running mate. Pass it on.

    by Shelbyville Manhattan on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 07:49:56 AM PDT

  •  Does the kindergarten portion (0+ / 0-)

    actually contain information about sex, other than telling little kids it's caused by homosexuals (they probably wouldn't miss an opportunity to do this), or is it just a "don't share needles" kind of thing?  I find it hard to believe they go into much re sex.

    Anyone have access to the actual lesson plans where this is being taught in kindergarten?

    •  I'll try to find out more (0+ / 0-)

      Here's the NASBE policy in fuller detail:

      1.  HIV Prevention Education

      The goals of HIV prevention education are to promote healthful living and discourage the behaviors that put people at risk of acquiring HIV. The educational program will:

         * Be taught at every level, kindergarten through grade twelve;
         * Use methods demonstrated by sound research to be effective;
         * Be consistent with community standards;
         * Follow content guidelines prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
         * Be appropriate to students' developmental levels, behaviors, and cultural backgrounds;
         * Build knowledge and skills from year to year;
         * Stress the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity, alcohol, and other drug use;
         * Include accurate information on reducing risk of HIV infection;
         * Address students' own concerns;
         * Include means for evaluation;
         * Be an integral part of a coordinated school health program;
         * Be taught by well-prepared instructors with adequate support; and
         * Involve parents and families as partners in education.

      Parents and guardians will have convenient opportunities to preview all HIV prevention curricula and materials. School staff members shall assist parents or guardians who ask for help in discussing HIV infection with their children. If a parent or guardian submits a written request to a Principal that a child not receive instruction in specific HIV prevention topics at school, and assures that the topics will be discussed at home or elsewhere, the child shall be excused without penalty.

      The education system will endeavor to cooperate with HIV prevention efforts in the community that address out-of-school youth and youth in situations that put them at high risk of acquiring HIV.

  •  this needs to get out. (1+ / 0-)
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    ChiGuy

    oes against their credibility. this is the kind of story that ought to be on rec list. these folks are hypocrites, liars, and crooks. we need to make that case everyday.

    ...and some marched, and some sat-in, and some were beaten, and some went to jail, and some died for freedom's cause. That's what hope is. -Barack Obama

    by phukhotfashion on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:13:35 AM PDT

  •  This should get out. I rec'd it b/c of new info (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ChiGuy
  •  I dugg! the story (0+ / 0-)

    please vote for it if you have an account. the way we clear the record is not only by posting, but by pushing stories like this, that especially clarify, upstream. so go here, and pass it around.

    ...and some marched, and some sat-in, and some were beaten, and some went to jail, and some died for freedom's cause. That's what hope is. -Barack Obama

    by phukhotfashion on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:30:07 AM PDT

  •  Is this my old friend? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Remember men, we're fighting for this woman's honour; which is probably more than she ever did. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup (movie)

    by PixieThis on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 11:14:25 AM PDT

    •  Probably not... (0+ / 0-)

      ... since I don't recognize your handle. That doesn't mean I can't be your new friend, though :).

      •  I figure.... (0+ / 0-)

        everyone's my friend until they sleep with "the enemy" ;)

        Remember men, we're fighting for this woman's honour; which is probably more than she ever did. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup (movie)

        by PixieThis on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 11:20:56 AM PDT

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