I read your article “Touchy Topic: Experts and Parents Weigh In on Sex Education in Public Schools” [May 30, Xpress] with great environmental interest, since it will exclusively determine Buncombe soil and water quality and the Provincetown [Mass.] school tax. Of particular interest is the surprise that the Buncombe school system is ahead of the Asheville system in sex ed, despite Asheville not having viable fundamentalist opposition, unlike in Buncombe. This negates the main reason to preserve two independent systems.
My complaint is that you leave unchallenged the false assumption that sex ed is prerequisite to contraceptive ed, when this is only true of barrier and perhaps calendar-based methods. Hormonal methods, IUDs and surgical methods can be explained without, and therefore long before, any explicit knowledge of sex, and therefore well before any potential onset of fertility, which is an absolute deadline.
— Alan Ditmore