by Alexandra Dednah
The state representative for the 25th Middlesex District, which includes much of North Cambridge, including Porter Square, spoke at the June 29 contributors meeting of The Alewife held at Porter Square Books.
Now serving her fifth term in the House, Alice K. Wolf said one of the most important issues she has worked on is comprehensive health education in the public school, of which she was a lead sponsor beside State Sen. Edward M. Augustus, D. Auburn.
State Rep. Alice K. Wolf, D, North Cambridge
Two specific issues she has pushed to include in the law mandating that health education be taught in public schools are that parents may opt out of having their children taught health in school and that health education is not included as an MCAS requirement, said Wolf.
The developments in comprehensive health education legislation were among her most important victories, she said.
However, health care education is not so simple, she said. “The controversy applies to a range of issues.”
One of these issues holding up consensus is whether or not homosexuality should be taught in the health education curriculum, as well as abstinence education, which she said will be included but not solely included.