I’m having a very hard time finding out what the sex ed curriculum is in Alaska schools. Although Palin advocates abstinence, what are the public schools teaching? It appears from the article that they’re teaching full sex ed, with an emphasis on the virtues of abstinence.
A couple of things. First, that’s exactly the same curriculum in my Blue neck of the woods, and that’s because the parents demand it. They want the kids to know have a sound scientific knowledge about the birds and the bees, and the ways to prevent little birds and bees from coming along, but they want the schools’ emphasis to be on no sex.
Second, if Palin’s daughter really did receive a comprehensive curriculum, one could argue that teaching about sex and birth control, with a mere emphasis on abstinence, doesn’t work. After all, she got pregnant.
The same article says that the schools in Alaska don’t provide birth control, something with which I heartily concur. Kids can pick up birth control at any grocery store (condoms for him, sponges for her, not to mention spermicides for both), and the school should not be in the business of putting its imprimatur on teen sex.
So it sounds to me, not as if the Palins failed their daughter, but as if their daughter might just be another casuality of public school sex training.