Renee Walker: From CryBabies to BACHE

Renee Walker is proof positive that one person can make a difference. Alarmed at some of the things her 11-year-old son was saying after attending a family-life program at his middle school in Concord, California, Walker decided to do some investigating. She discovered that the family-life program called CryBabies, which she had signed a permission slip for him to take and which lasted for eight days of his science period, was not the age-appropriate, accurate, unbiased sex-ed class she thought it was going to be. Although she hoped the program would be an excellent icebreaker to start talking with her son about issues regarding sexual health, Walker quickly realized he was not learning anything about puberty or prevention. CryBabies, which…

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ACLU Mom Helps Stop Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Curriculum in DeKalb County, Georgia

It all started with an announcement of reproductive rights article in the school newsletter. In November 2004, parents at the Shamrock Middle School in DeKalb County, Georgia, were notified of a PTA meeting in January to discuss a new abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum for eighth graders. Sue Briss was one of several parents for whom a red flag was raised as soon as she read the words “abstinence-only.” As local parents like Briss started sharing their concerns about the new curriculum, they soon formed a loose-knit group dedicated to looking deeper into the situation. In the end, about 15 parents organized and spent the months of December and January researching the curriculum, meeting with the principal, and trying to sound the alarm…

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