February 2017 News Round Up

Transmission trouble: Lubbock health experts say early education key to combatting STDs
Lubbock County ranks in the top 15 among the state’s 254 counties in per-capita rates for two of the three infections monitored in the state’s most recent STD Surveillance Report by DSHS. While increased use of social media and risky behaviors – like engaging in sexual acts without knowing a partner’s STD status – are contributing factors, experts say the increase in STD’s ultimately comes down to a lack of education. Click here to read more.

Texas School Districts Skimping on Sex Ed
More than 83 percent of Texas school districts taught abstinence-only or no sex education at all in the 2015-16 school year, according to a new report from the Texas Freedom Network. Despite the high share, that percentage is down from around a decade ago, when the organization first examined the issue and found that 96 percent of school districts taught abstinence-only or no sex education. Click here to read more.

Related news

  • Austin American Statesman Article: 4 of 5 Texas school districts teach abstinence or no sex ed at all. Click here to read more.
  • Texas Tribune: A quarter of Texas public schools no longer teach sex ed. Click here to read more.
  • Dallas Morning News Commentary: What passes for sex ed in some Texas schools makes ignorance look pretty good. Click here to read more.
  • Dallas Morning News Editorial: Why is Texas so afraid to talk about sex at school? Click here to read more.

The Black Church Can Help Prevent Teen And Unplanned Pregnancies
When the Black church gets involved with issues it is “not supposed to” get involved with, great things tend to happen. Today, around the country, we and other leaders in the Black church are raising our voices on so many issues, from criminal justice reform to climate change and many more in between. The church is combining prophetic preaching and discipleship with powerful advocacy. And we are seeing results in arenas from small communities to states and federal agencies. Click here to read more.

New student organization UTerus targets sex education in public schools
The state’s lack of sex education in public schools led one UT student to form a campus group aimed at helping students to make informed choices about their sexual health and contraception. In fall 2016, biology sophomore Eleanor Shaul formed Education and Resources for Uterine Services, or UTerus. That semester, the group posted a survey on the Facebook pages for the classes of 2019 and 2020, and 416 freshman and sophomore students responded. As a result, 66 percent said they received no form of contraception or sex education in high school.  Click here to read more.

Beyond Sex Ed: How to talk to teens about love
Love — or infatuation, at least — is part of school, whether we want it to be or not. It’s often school that gives us our first crush, our first dance-induced cold sweat, and that first bitter taste of heartbreak. And so, on this Valentine’s Day we ask: Should educators and parents be talking about love more with the teens and pre-teens in their lives? Could they do more to help students navigate some of the more bewildering emotions of adolescence? Click here to read more.