The News & Observer reports today that “most parents want sex ed to begin earlier, to involve more class time and to include more information about contraceptives and the prevention of sexually transmitted disease,” based on a Department of Education survey.

Under North Carolina law, abstinence until marriage must be emphasized but local school districts, after public hearings, can go beyond those guidelines, and many of them do.

The N&O also reported that “also, the vast majority — 95 percent — think parents and public health officials should set the curriculum; only 6.9 percent think politicians should.”

Isn’t that what public hearings do — allow parents to set the policy? Also, it’s pretty scary, if true (I don’t believe it), that 95 percent of parents are counting on public schools to properly educate their children about healthy approaches to sex.