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Under the Bush administration, school districts received federal money for promoting theologically-based, ineffective "abstinence-only" sex education rather than medically accurate education. The Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act intends to counter this by providing federal funding to support responsible, comprehensive sex education in schools. This education would include age-appropriate, science-based, and medically accurate information about both abstinence and contraception. Currently, there are no dedicated federal funds allocated for comprehensive sex education in schools.
Advocates for Youth has partnered with Choice USA, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, Sierra Club and Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom to make October a nation-wide Sex-Ed Month of Action. The Secular Student Alliance is cooperating with Advocates for Youth to help promote the Sex-Ed Month of Action.
We encourage our affiliate groups to get involved and hold an event to take action on sex education!
Submitted by Lyz on Sun, 09/20/2009 - 14:07
At the Secular Student Alliance 2009 Conference in Columbus, OH, the Freedom from Religion Foundation's co-president Dan Barker gave a presentation about the FFRF, some of his early forays into freethought, and his enthusiasm for the student movement.
Now we've put the video online for you to enjoy and share with your friends and your freethought groups. Enjoy!
Submitted by Lyz on Sun, 09/20/2009 - 01:10
Submitted by Lyz on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 23:52
September 16, 2009
Dear friend of SSA,
Jonathan Sussman and Amber Scott, our interns at the Secular Student Alliance this past summer, are leaving us to go back to school. We're really going to miss them -- they've done such an amazing job helping to plan our most successful conference ever, upgrading program packets for campus groups, beefing up our newsletter, and so much more. Because of their contributions, more student leaders are returning to school with all the tools they need to start and run groups for atheist, agnostic, and other freethinking students.
So ... we're going to throw Jon and Amber a farewell non-party!
And we've decided that YOU'RE NOT INVITED!
Submitted by MaryEllenSikes on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 03:49