Community-Based Abstinence Education
The first issue that served as a catalyst in the formation of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education (SCPIE) was the adoption of the South Carolina Health and Safety Education Standards in May of 2000. Under the leadership of Inez Tenenbaum, the controversial health standards were the State Department of Education’s end-run around the Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1988 (CHE Act). The sexual revolution of the sixties and seventies ushered in a new subject in public education: Reproductive Health, aka: Sex Education. The liberal education establishment in the eighties had to be tempered by the SC Legislature because inappropriate sex education classes were being taught to very young students. During Senate hearings for the CHE Bill of 1988, testimony was provided of a health educator who traveled the state teaching middle school students to place condoms on bananas, and the instructor wore condom earrings. Parents and children were and remain protected under the CHE Act.