WASHINGTON — A guide to AIDS education issued today by the Department of Education urges parents and teachers to teach children that sexual restraint is both a virtue and the surest way to avoid the disease.
The guide, reflecting the position that Education Secretary William J. Bennett has championed in a dispute with Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, emphasizes that "condoms can and do fail." Koop has advised sexually active people to use condoms as a way of lessening the risk of getting AIDS.
Now, each man has had a pamphlet published outlining his position.
About 300,000 copies of the Education Department's 28-page booklet, "AIDS and the Education of Our Children: A Guide for Parents and Teachers," will be mailed to school principals, school boards, presidents of parents' groups and other educators.
But that is only a tiny fraction of the 45 million copies of the pamphlet "What You Should Know About AIDS" that the Public Health Service plans to distribute through employers, health departments and community organizations.