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Sex Ed in the News

St. Louis Parents Continue To Advocate Against Thrive We’ve been following the controversy over Thrive St. Louis here on the blog for the past several weeks. The latest bit of news shows that parents are really stepping up in terms of educating the public on why they’re so concerned about the curriculum Thrive provides. Next week, they’re… Read more »

Who Should We Invite Into Our Lives? On Unequal Partners

This past week has seen the shocking revelation that Miki Agrawal, the former CEO of Thinx (the makers of “period underwear”), was fostering a “hostile environment” for her employees. And the most recent story to come to light is that she was sexually harassing her employees, engaging in unwanted groping, inappropriate office talk, and more…. Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Community Sex Ed Classes Canceled in Maryland In Southern Maryland, local libraries have canceled a series of sex education classes in response to an outcry from parents in the community. The classes, geared toward teens, were to be taught by Bianca Palmisano, a sex educator from Washington, D.C., and owner of Intimate Health Consulting. Parents,… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Early Childhood Sex Ed to Become Compulsory in UK In England, Education Secretary Justine Greening recently announced that sex and relationships education will be compulsory in all schools. Even as early as the age of 4, children will be taught about safe and healthy relationships. Parents will still have the right to withdraw their children from these… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Releases New Sex Ed Manual India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released a resource kit, which is intended for use by 160,000 young people all over India as a means of training them to teach their peers about adolescent health. This is a bold move for India, where sexual… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Campus Organization Fills in Sex Ed Gap At Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), campus organization Voices of Choice (a reproductive health advocacy organization) is stepping up to provide sex ed in a community that currently only offers an abstinence-only curriculum. In the coming year, they will provide free condoms, host educational sessions, and… Read more »

Everybody Has Drama. How Can Teens Deal?

This past November, the Center for Sex Education released Let’s Erase Bullying, a teaching manual containing suggestions and resources educators can use to empower both victims and bystanders of bullying, and tips on how to educate bullies on the devastating impact of their actions. It’s a hot button issue at a time when bullying behavior is being legitimized… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Utah Senator Introduces Bill to Strike Ban Against ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’ We reported just last week that a bill was struck down in Salt Lake City, Utah, that would give parents the option of opting their children into a more comprehensive sex ed class. Still, Utah representatives slog on, with one senator sponsoring a bill… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Utah Bill Struck Down After Fierce Opposition In Salt Lake City, Utah, a bill to make sexual health education more comprehensive failed on a 12-to-two vote in the House Education Committee. While many parents came out in support of the bill, just as many parents came out in opposition. The present curriculum is abstinence-focused. Sex Week… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Utah Pushes for More Comprehensive Sex Ed Last week, House Bill 215 was filed in the Utah State Legislature. The bill encourages the discussion of topics such as consent, body autonomy, and healthy relationships. Currently, Utah uses an abstinence-based sexual education curriculum. 3D-Printing Technology Brings Sex Ed to More People We’ve blogged about 3D-printing technology in the… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

NCAC Objects to HB 103 The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) recently sent a letter to the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Education stating their opposition to HB 103, which would require schools to provide two weeks’ advance parental notification prior to the use of any sex ed materials. Sex Ed Still Not Required in… Read more »

How Might Sex Ed Be Affected Over the Next Four Years?

As we approach Inauguration Day, it’s tempting to ask how sex ed might be affected by the incoming administration. It’s also tough to call, as sexuality education wasn’t necessarily at the forefront this past campaign season. Still, Rewire has tried to answer that question, or at least to engage in some well-informed speculation. In her most recent post… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Here’s an extra large edition of Sex Ed in the news to carry you through to the new year… Queensland Government Makes Sex Ed Overhaul a Priority In Queensland, Australia, the State Government has launched a five-year plan in response to a survey showing that 84 percent of parents believe all state schools should be required to… Read more »

SIECUS Looks at the State of Sex Ed in 2016

Recently, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) released their 2016 Sex Ed State Legislative Year-End Report. An annual publication, it contains information on sex ed legislation across the country, and provides analysis that allows readers to more fully understand the impact of these new laws, and how they either advance… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Public Schools in Millard, Nebraska Stick to Pro-Abstinence Education After topics such as gender identity were added to Omaha Public Schools’ new curriculum, leading to heated debate, Millard Public Schools has reaffirmed its commitment to teaching a pro-abstinence curriculum, a policy that has been in place since 1992. Future curriculum updates will only be approved… Read more »

SSSSample Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans, taken from numerous recent and forthcoming teaching manuals from The Center for Sex Education, were distributed at a special session at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality meeting November 19, 2016. Click here. In addition, we granted SSSS members FREE 30-day access to the Sex Ed Network. Please visit SexEdNetwork.org and… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

President of Planned Parenthood Voices Continued Commitment to Health Care for All In the wake of last week’s election, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards reaffirmed that Planned Parenthood “will never stop fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood patients have access to the care they need, people who come from communities that need our continued support in… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Haines School Board Approves Sex Ed Instructor, Materials The Haines School Board in Haines, Alaska, recently voted unanimously to approve both the high school sex education instructor and the textbook he would be using to teach the course. Their decisions were made under House Bill 156, a new law that gives parents more oversight. Some… Read more »