High School and Middle School teachers in District 204 proposed new textbooks to keep up with changing standards.
Since District 204’s last textbook adoption in 2007, there have been several changes in state laws and standards related to health education.
A bill passed in 2014 requires health courses in grades 6-12 to teach both abstinence and contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Based on the new mandates, the middle school curriculum specifically is in need of revision.
Meghan DeGurian, a health teacher at Fischer Middle School, said “the majority of them already know this stuff before it’s brought to them. I mean, the commercials they see on TV now, the TV shows they’re watching, peers themselves talking. They’re learning, but they’re learning the wrong information so they need someone who’s going to be here to tell them the correct information.”
The school board will vote to approve the textbooks at their next meeting on May 4th.
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