The newly released sexuality education standards set a minimum for school-based sexuality education. Yet even these leave out essential terms, information, and values. Because so many schools are still so far from adopting even minimal standards, I increasingly feel technology and social media will replace schools as the major source of sexuality education for children and young people.
This week, a coalition of education organizations released a new document designed to help states and school districts across the country create or evaluate sexuality education curriculum.
In preparation for what may eventually be another Lila Rose grainy expose trumpeted by the Right, it’s helpful to brush up on where millions and millions of tax-dollars are going to pay for sex “education:” ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until marriage programs.
Despite an increasingly progressive climate around sexual health education, Colorado’s abstinence-only-until-marriage industry continues to thrive, and continues to use dangerous and discriminatory approaches in reaching vulnerable youth.
Three leading sex ed organizations collaborate on “The Future of Sex Education,” a strategic guide and website devoted to advocating for comprehensive sex ed classes.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage program have always been more about marriage than they are about sex. Though they are often billed as replacements for comprehensive sexuality education or as teen pregnancy or STD prevention programs, in truth, they are more focused on promoting marriage than preventing anything.
The other day, I was called a tramp on a national radio show
with 3.5 million listeners. I was not the least bit offended and only a little outraged. In truth, it was the first moment in the hour long live broadcast in which I relaxed.
The Bush Administration is planning an end run to entice states into applying for abstinence-only funds that Congress has yet to authorize, and potentially tie the hands of the next administration.
The Senate is moving closer to a vote on PEPFAR, but there is still time to fix the bill allowing the work horse of prevention to pull the cart of treatment, lightening the load by reducing the number of people infected. Congress has burdened the horse with ideology, and put the cart in front.
Young people from around the country reveal themselves on video, opening up about sexuality education in their schools, how and what they learned about sex and most importantly – what they’re not learning. Vote for your favorite videos in our Fresh Focus: Sex Ed Digital Video Contest!