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Why We Need SexEd Reform: Not Teaching Facts

Posted by Ryan Morgan on February 06, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Young people need facts to avoid risky behavior. All health programs should be age-appropriate and medically-accurate.

 

While the primary goal of the CHEA was to standardize health education, the Sterling Report has revealed there’s no standard method of delivering instruction in sex education, nor is there a standardized textbook or curricula. Most textbooks used in South Carolina school districts fall short of providing full and medically-accurate sexual health education.

For example, some texts:

  • »» Refer to key terms without defining them
  • »» Describe fertilization without connecting it to sexual intercourse
  • »» Focus exclusively on abstinence
  • »» Do not present contraception as a means to prevent pregnancy or condoms to reduce STD risk.

At the core, sex education should provide South Carolina’s young people with medically accurate, age-appropriate information about how their bodies work and how they can protect themselves from unintended pregnancies and STDs.

Take action now and tell policy makers that you support Comprehensive Sex Education!


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