This is not an issue that will soon go away. As more young people contract the HIV/AIDS virus, as more teenagers give birth, the accusations, the misleading statistics, the inflammatory rhetoric is likely to rise to an even higher pitch. The national Religious Right political groups will continue to rely on their "traditional values" arguments to censor vital life-saving information out of the public school curriculum.
It is important that parents, educators and others who are concerned about students not allow the issue of sexuality education to be engulfed in politics. They must focus on the facts, on the data on effectiveness, and on the needs of young people. If students are to have the opportunity to grow into sexually healthy adults, they must have the tools.
Those who care about young people and their futures must continue to fight for full, accurate information on sexuality.