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School's roles in helping children stay healthy is pretty clear and if the issue is preventing STD's then abstinence education anywhere is a profound failure. I form the question a little differently. How do we assure that students arrive at school healthy and how do schools support their ongoing health? If they are unhealthy then the public good is serves through home visits.
I'm afraid that we could look at health education's increase in the public schools and a parallel decrease in children's health in many communities. I see the confusion between civic/social responsibility vs band-aids to cover up for the lack of effective family/parental support. It takes a village and the schools are only part of that village (26 hours out of 168 each week.)
Students need to know the facts and the fact is that sexual activity is happening. All of us need to know how to protect ourselves and our children. It is not our place as educators to "preach" to the students, but to arm them with facts.