This sticker on a science textbook proves Arizona has cemented itself firmly in the past.
Suzanne Young was surprised to see this sticker on her son's textbook. Here's the text:
"The Gilbert Public School District supports the state of Arizona's strong interest in promoting childbirth and adoption over elective abortion. The District is also in support of promoting abstinence as the most effective way to eliminate the potential for unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. If you have questions concerning sexually intercourse, contraceptives, pregnancy, adoption, or abortion, we encourage you to speak with your parents."
She tweeted it last night, and it's received over 900 retweets and climbing. Suzanne's frustration is not unfounded, because the theory behind this dangerously ignorant sticker is totally incorrect. States with abstinence-only education have the highest teen pregnancy rates and states with proper sexual education have lower rates. Arizona ranks second highest in the in the nation for teen pregnancy rates, and here is the state's sexual education policy:
"Arizona does not have a law that requires schools to teach sexuality education or sexually transmitted disease (STD)/HIV education. However, Arizona law does state that if a school chooses to teach these topics, instruction must be age-appropriate and must stress abstinence."
Although putting a sticker on a book is less destructive than tearing pages out of a biology textbook because it mentioned abortion, which also happened in Gilbert schools, it's not an ideal way to teach life-altering lessons.
If you're trying to waste time at work, I suggest watching John Oliver's hilarious truth-bombs in his piece about sex ed from Last Week Tonight: