Sex education programs in schools

So you have volunteered to teach sex education in your school or program or perhaps you have been drafted to do so or maybe you see an obvious gap in information about this topic and feel compelled to do the right thing? Whatever reason brings you to this place, you are about to undertake an exciting, valuable, necessary, and complex journey.

Many educators feel anxious or tentative in tackling the topics of sex, sexuality, and sexual health. They may feel overwhelmed about where to start or confused about what to teach and when to teach it. Planned Parenthood is here to help. As the nations oldest and most trusted provider of sexual health care, and with a national network of sexuality educators, we can help you advocate for comprehensive, medically accurate sex education in your school or program. We can also help you develop or choose a curriculum and implement it with confidence.

Planned Parenthood believes that parents and guardians should be the primary sexuality educators of their children. As with other complex issues, many parents may need support, resources, and expertise from schools and other organizations. It is important that young people receive age-appropriate sexual health information and develop practical skills for keeping healthy. Educators can help families by providing culturally meaningful learning opportunities in safe and nonjudgmental environments so that young people can learn about sexuality in a healthy and positive context.

Highlights

What Is Comprehensive Sex Education?

Sometimes, people mistakenly believe that sex ed refers only to sexual behavior (e.g., sexual intercourse) and not the full array of topics that comprise sexuality. These include information and concerns about abstinence, body image, contraception, gender, human growth and development, human reproduction, pregnancy, relationships, safer sex (prevention of sexually transmitted infections), sexual attitudes and values, sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual behavior, sexual health, sexual orientation, and sexual pleasure.

Comprehensive sex education covers the wide array of topics that affect sexuality and sexual health. It is grounded in evidence-based, peer-reviewed science. Its goal is to promote health and well-being in a way that is developmentally appropriate. It includes information and communication skills building as well as values exploration. Ideally, sex education in school is an integrated process that builds upon itself year after year, is initiated in kindergarten, and is provided through grade 12.

What Are Abstinence-Only Programs and Why Dont They Work?

Abstinence-only programs (also called abstinence-only-until-marriage programs) promote abstinence from sexual behavior. They strictly exclude discussion of other important sex ed topics, especially those concerned with birth control, safer sex, and sexual orientation. In fact, abstinence-only programs often provide inaccurate and alarmist misinformation about the effectiveness of condoms, contraception, and safer sex.

Advocates for Youth is a not-for-profit organization that champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. It posts helpful online information about the and how they fail our children.


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The Pope Takes Swipe at NYC Schools for Sex Educ

2011-09-02 05:14:27 by non_credo

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican took a swipe at new sex education classes in New York City schools on Wednesday (Aug. 31), saying teaching middle school students how to use a condom is "useless, and even harmful."
The front-page editorial of the Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, criticized all mandatory sex ed classes in public schools but was aimed particularly at New York's new program, which has been opposed heavily by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
The editorial criticized governments' "magical trust in the effectiveness of sex education

Sex ed is in the schools

2008-04-20 08:22:46 by logmtmom

Sexual education is fully funded and required starting at around 6th grade. I had to sign a slip to get my kids out of it stating that I would instruct them at home (and keep them home that day), because I didn't want them taught how to have "safe" sex in 6th grade. There are education programs for learning a trade in school if you don't go the academic route, there are alternative high schools so you can finish school other ways. But it will always be easier to support yourself and child on someone else's money (if you can get it).
It isn't about sex or education. As a teacher I can give you all the education and information for you to succeed and you still won't

Studying to be a sex educator

2007-01-08 12:00:32 by on_a_search

Hi,
It's been a little while since I applied to four-year colleges. I've been in the community college system for a while, and I'm interested in studying sex education (among other things) with the idea of doing outreach, esp. for folks with developmental disabilities.
However, I feel like I forgot my skills and resources in finding schools that fit my agenda. Specifically this topic seems to be displayed not-so-explicitly on websites, etc.
What's a reasonable way to search for a school that has a program for this interest? Are there known schools, or known umbrella programs I can search?
Thanks...

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