District in California delays adopting controversial health book

Friday, August 15, 2014

The use of a health textbook some deemed inappropriate for students has been delayed, giving school district leaders time to consult the book's publisher over its chapters on sexual education.

The Fremont Unified school board held off on adopting "Your Health Today" on Wednesday night, after parents complained that its discussion of bondage, prostitution and other frank sexual topics was unfit for teaching ninth-grade students.

At the board meeting's outset, Superintendent James Morris recommended that trustees choose among three options. Two choices involved revising "Your Health Today" to varying degrees. A third option would create two different health courses, including an honors health class using the new textbook.

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