A Families Alert spokeswoman claims Clearfield High School violated state law by placing a question about contraception on a quiz, but school officials say there's no cause for complaint.
Joy Beech, executive director of Families Alert, said she recently wrote a letter to the State Office of Education complaining that contraception was being taught in a Clearfield High home economics class without parental knowledge or consent."The complaint came to me from a parent who didn't want to be involved (in complaining about it) out of fear her child would be harassed," Beech said. "The documented evidence brought to me was a test on which they were actually quizzing kids on contraceptives."
Beech claimed the test was a blatant violation of a state law that requires schools to obtain written parental consent before discussing contraception and to make pertinent course material available for parental review.
She said the teacher involved could have been "thrown in jail and slapped with a heavy fine," but she chose only to ask school officials to correct the problem.
Eileen Rencher, a spokeswoman for the state office of education, said the disputed question read: "List two birth control methods for males and females and briefly explain the function it stops and the percentage of effectiveness."
Lynn Trenbeath, home economics supervisor for the Davis School District, said the test was given to students in a home economics class called "Child Development, Care and Guidance."
She said the course does not include discussions of contraception as part of the curriculum but that student questions about contraception arose naturally from discussions about human reproduction.
She said the Clearfield teacher did err in including the question on a test but that it amounted to nothing more than an honest mistake.
Clearfield High Principal Michael Duckworth agreed, saying there is nothing illegal about answering spontaneous questions from students in the classroom.
"You are going to have some exposure to the birth process in these classes and some of these questions will be thrown out to teachers, but that doesn't mean they include contraception as part of the curriculum," he said.
"It would be nice to have a little more confidence from some of these parents," he said. "I hope they would realize that our teachers are not trying to share anything that shouldn't be shared, but that they will make mistakes from time to time."