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October 2017

 

Dear Teacher/Facilitator of Choosing the Best LIFE:

In October 2017, the Choosing the Best LIFE Leader Guide was revised as outlined in the table below. If your Leader Guide was purchased prior to this date, please incorporate these changes into your teaching. If you have any questions about these revisions, please contact 1-800-774-BEST and ask for assistance regarding curricula updates.

 

PG # REVISION
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At end of page, added “Teacher Expectations” section that includes the following text:

Choosing the Best curricula are medically-based, medically-accurate, abstinence-centered sexual risk avoidance (SRA) programs.  In order to ensure program fidelity, accuracy and effectiveness, teachers should present the Choosing the Best curricula per the instructions outlined in the beginning of each Leader’s Guide, and continue to follow the specific instructions and script provided for each lesson. Further, teachers presenting Choosing the Best must refrain from:

  1. Discussing religion or politics in any context;

  2. Expressing value judgements, including on sensitive topics such as abortion;

  3. Conducting “non-approved” activities, i.e., activities that are not provided in the Choosing the Best Leader Guide.

Further,  teachers should exercise caution in sharing personal stories, anecdotes, and/or opinions about the topic of relationships and/or sexual activity while presenting the curricula.

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Second column, second bullet, revise the “vs” to “and”

4th bullet, pls revise to say “Different views about sex” (8 min)

6

First column, last “SAY”, last sentence…please revise to “We will discuss the questions on this page.”

Second column, please revise the ASK to say “Do guys and girls sometimes view sex differently? (get responses from class)  Is this always the case?(get responses)

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Middle column, middle of first paragraph, please delete the four words in the parens “with the opposite sex” and also delete the phase at the end of this same paragraph “that can lead to rage.”

Last column, second bullet, please delete last phrase “pattern of use and abuse in relationships.”

9

Last column, second ASK, please revise the first sentence to say, “Do you notice any differences in the piles on different people’s desks?”  Then revise the text in the parens that follow to just say (get responses).

Before the last SAY on this page, please  Add a Teacher’s Note that says the following:

“These principles apply to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”  

13

In the middle column, just after the “ASK” and before the “SAY” in that column,  Add a Teacher’s Note that says the following:

“These principles apply to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

19

In the first “SAY”, where the answer stated is 10 million, please add  the following phrase:

10 million-about half among males and half among females

22

Near middle of page, just before the slide that says “Show Slide 7” please add the following medical update:

Medical Update:  In addition to cervical cancer in women and other types of genital cancers in both males and females, HPV has been found to cause cancers of the back of the throat (Oropharynx).  Most of these cancers could be prevented by HPV vaccination.  Source:  CDC, “Why is HPV Vaccine So Important?” and “How Many Cancers are Linked with HPV Each Year? March 2017.  See also Everydayhealth.com, “5 things to Know about HPV-related Throat Cancer.”

23 In the “SAY” that occurs after Slide 11, please revise the second sentence to say “When the infection is this serious, urination may be painful when urine flows across the sores.”  Please delete the entire following sentence that starts “If this happens, her physician may….”
27 Please remove playing cards bullet point from Teaching Materials list.
29

Last sentence in first column, replace the 750,000 with 562,000 and the “one-third (31%) with “one-fourth, (1 in 4).” 

Second SAY on page, revise “one in three (31%)” to say “one in four” sexually active teen girls….

Note:  [As of February 2018, please further revise so that now teen pregnancy number is now 450,000, representing approximately 1 in 5 teen girls getting pregnant.]

30

First column, first ASK, replace the words “any other” with the word “another” type of birth control…

Also, After the last sentence in the second column, please add:

Say: Some of you may have heard about the withdrawal or “pull-out” method for preventing pregnancy, which is when the male completely removes his penis from the vagina and the external genitalia of the female partner before he ejaculates. The problem with this method is that it’s very difficult to do it correctly, every single time, so it’s one of the least effective methods for pregnancy prevention.  And, it offers absolutely no protection against STDs.

Say:  It’s important to remember that a person can get pregnant, or get someone pregnant, the first time they have sex, even if they have sex just one time.

36 Column 1, in three places, replace the word “is” with the word “in” in the sentence right under the heading Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6
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Second column, first “SAY”…please add the following right after the “SAY” and before the sentence that starts “It’s also important to remember”:

It’s important to remember that a person can get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) including HIV, the first time they have sex, even if they have sex just one time.

At the end of the activity (that begins on page 36 and ends on page 37, Add a Teacher’s Note that says the following:

These principles apply to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Middle column, first SAY, please revise to say, “Currently available drugs do not cure HIV infection or AIDS.  They can suppress the virus and greatly prolong the lives of many people with HIV, and greatly lower their chance of infecting others, but they cannot eliminate HIV from the body. People at risk for HIV should be tested, so if they are infected, they can start treatment early.  A person taking HIV medications must take them the right way, every day, for the rest of their life and get regular check-ups with a doctor.  Preventing HIV infection is a far better strategy than treating it once you are infected.  Abstinence from sexual activity [Teacher Note: oral, vaginal, or anal sex] is the only 100% effective way to prevent getting HIV sexually. [keep endnote 11]

Last column, #6 SAY, please revise this say to the following:

“AIDS patients do not live healthy, normal lives.  AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infection.  People with AIDs have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of illnesses, called opportunistic infections.  [keep endnote 16]

Last paragraph on the page, which is a “Say”…please revise to say, “The only 100% effective way to eliminate the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS sexually is to abstain from sex until you’re in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner known to be uninfected. [as is  typically found in marriage]

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At the end of the activity just before  the last sentence on the page (ask the class…), Add a Teacher’s Note that says the following:

“These principles apply to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

47 Last column, under “peers” heading, in first sentence where you have the word “girls” in ( ), please revise to say (girls, dating relationships) and where “guys” is in ( ), please revise to say (guys, dating relationships)
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At the end of page 57, outside the activity box, Add a Teacher’s Note that says the following:

“These principles apply to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

58 Last sentence on page, change the sentence to read “…in a dating relationship.”  (i.e., eliminate reference to
‘the opposite sex’)
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In chapter 5, please replace endnote 11 to be:  CDC, About HIV/AIDS, May 30, 2017.  Please replace EN #16  with CDC, HIV Prevention, May 30, 2017.

In chapter 5, endnote 20, please replace current endnote with the following:

CDC, Condom effectiveness and STDs, https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/clinical.htm