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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 »

Spotlight on Zelaika Clarke, and the Necessity of Decolonizing Sex Ed

Here’s the next in our series of posts meant to prepare you for the National Sex Ed Conference. This week, we spotlight Zelaika Hepworth Clarke, Ph.D.—also known as the Jamerican Sexosopher—a sexologist and social worker who will be speaking about the decolonization of sexuality education. 1. Give me a bit of background. What keeps you busiest these days?… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

The Word ‘Sex’ Removed from Government Documents About Sex Ed In New Delhi, India, the government has requested that the word “sex” and its derivatives (such as “sexual health”) be removed from a policy document on sex education for teens so as to avoid offending people. Activists Sue Utah State Board of Education Over Sex… Read more »

Spotlight on Ryan Bronkema and Anonymity in the Classroom Environment

Continuing our efforts to get you fired up for the forthcoming National Sex Ed Conference, here’s another post spotlighting one of our conference presenters (you can find our previous presenter spotlight here). Ryan Bronkema, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia where he teaches Counselor Education and College Student Affairs. He’ll be… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

New Sex Ed Textbooks Approved After Being Made Available for Public Display In California, Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees approved the use of the Positive Prevention Plus textbook starting in spring 2017, despite a letter from six women who expressed concern over content on sexual orientation. The new materials that have been approved for the coming semester,… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Middle School Sex Ed Curriculum in Washington State Under Review The Moses Lake School Board in Grant County, Washington, is about to review a new sex education curriculum for the district’s middle school students. The curriculum, titled “Draw The Line/Respect The Line,” is a three-year program that promotes abstinence and includes lesson plans on healthy relationships and… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

In Juneau, Alaska, Schools Fall in Line with New Sex Ed Bill Earlier this month, Mother Jones magazine published a piece on how difficult it is to ensure compliance with the Healthy Youth Act in California. In other states, school districts are slowly falling in line with their own new laws. Among them, the Juneau, Alaska, school board… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Health Education Program for Teen Boys Being Tested in Malaysia A module on reproductive health education and the sexuality of teenage boys will be introduced next month in Malaysia, in schools in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Sabah. This module was developed by the National Population and Family Development Board, and is intended to address “the… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Catholic School Doesn’t Allow Opt-Out Option for Sex Ed A private Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee is refusing to allow parents to opt out of sending their children to sex ed. The Catholic Diocese of Nashville is supporting this stance despite an outcry from parents. State of California Faces Struggle in Ensuring Compliance with New… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

States Rejecting Federal Funding in Favor of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Less than 50 percent of the nation’s high schools meet the CDC’s standards for comprehensive sex education. And recently, more and more states are opting to reject federal funding in order to hang on to their abstinence-based sex ed curricula. In 2015, for example, Florida,… Read more »