Hence, they strongly oppose the idea of sex education in schools.
Young people also learn about sexuality from other sources such as friends, television, music, books, advertisements and the Internet. And, they frequently learn through planned opportunities in faith communities, community-based agencies, and schools.
I firmly believe in sex education.
The primary goal of school-based sexuality education is to help young people build a foundation as they mature into sexually healthy adults. School-based sexuality education should be designed to complement and augment the sexuality education children receive from their families, religious and community groups, and health care professionals. Such programs should respect the diversity of values and beliefs represented in the community.
Sexuality education begins at home. Parents and caregivers are—and ought to be—the primary sexuality educators of their children. Teachable moments—opportunities to discuss sexuality issues with children—occur on a daily basis.
State Policies on Sex Education in Schools
The Task Force published the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: K–12, a framework designed to help educators and communities create new programs and evaluate existing curricula. Now in its third edition, the Guidelines provide age-appropriate messages about 39 topics related to sexuality for school-age young people. (See SIECUS Guidelines)
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The content of sexuality education varies depending on the community and the age of the students in the programs. Unfortunately, there is not enough research done each year to give us an accurate picture of what young people are and are not learning in sexuality education courses.
What are the goals of school-based sexuality education
A recent study of health education programs conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health, however, provides some insight into what is being taught in America’s classroom. The study found that 86 percent of all high schools taught about abstinence as a the most effective way to avoid pregnancy and STDs, 82 percent taught about risks associated with multiple partners, 77 percent taught about human development topics (such as reproductive anatomy and puberty), 79 percent taught about dating and relationships, 65 percent taught about condom efficacy, 69 percent taught about marriage and commitment, 48 percent taught about sexual identity and sexual orientation, and 39 percent taught students how to correctly use a condom.
U.S. Schools Still Lack Sufficient Sex Education Programs
In 2002, other researchers asked students what formal instruction they had received in sexuality education topics and found that one-third of teens had not received any formal instruction about contraception. More than 20 percent of both males and females reported receiving abstinence instruction without receiving instruction on birth control, and only 62 percent of sexually experienced female teens reported receiving instruction about contraception before they first had sex.
Sexual Health Education in Schools
Numerous studies and evaluations published in peer-reviewed literature have found that comprehensive education about sexuality—programs that teach teens about both abstinence and contraception/disease prevention—is an effective strategy to help young people delay their initiation of sexual intercourse.