Sex Ed in the News

Outrage in Dearborn, MI Over ‘Explicit’ Sex Ed Curriculum Several students at Fordson High School in Dearborn, MI walked out of their health class recently after being quizzed on their knowledge of safe sex habits. Since then, parents have expressed outrage about the class, saying they didn’t even know about, and hadn’t been given the opportunity to… Read more »

Does Pleasure Have a Place in Sex Ed Curricula?

Earlier this week, we mentioned that several schools in Ontario, Canada are experiencing a backlash from parents who are upset with the new sex ed curriculum. Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto, was forced to offer a “sanitized” version of the curriculum to first graders, as a way to stop parents from pulling their children out of class…. Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

San Francisco Schools Strengthen Their Already Robust Sex Ed Curricula The California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act went into effect at the beginning of 2016, but the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has been providing education that meets its requirements for years. The SFUSD is now assisting other school districts, and is making their sex… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Toronto Public School Forced to Offer ‘Sanitized’ Version of Sex Ed Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto, Canada has begun offering a “sanitized” version of Ontario’s sex ed curriculum to first graders, as a way to stop parents from pulling their children out of class. This move comes into response to controversy over the existing curriculum, over which hundreds… Read more »

Why Comprehensive Sex Ed and Consent Education Go Hand in Hand

In the past few years, issues of consent—and a shift from “no means no” to “yes means “yes”—have placed consent education and rape prevention at the forefront of the sex ed debate. In 2014, Rolling Stone published “A Rape on Campus,” and then retracted the piece after many parts of the story were called into question. In… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

East Lansing School Board Votes to Allow Guest Speakers from Local Health Centers Board members of the East Lansing, MI school board voted 7-0 to allow guest speakers from Willow Adolescent Health Center Outreach Educational Program and End Violent Encounters to speak at East Lansing High School. Outside speakers for sex education were pulled from the district… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Effects of New California Laws Continue to Spread Across the State In Auburn, California, high school trustees voted to adopt the new state law into its policies. As a result, students in the area will learn about healthy relationships, pregnancy and STI prevention, gender stereotypes, and more. Parents will be sent letters regarding the lessons, inviting them to… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

As U.S. Sex Ed Programs Remain Bifurcated, New Sources of Info Emerge Australian Government Pulls Funding from Youth-Led Sex Ed Program The Australian government is pulling all funding from YEAH ((Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS), a program that uses youth educators to deliver sex education in schools and universities. After June 30, YEAH will be replaced with with an online resource…. Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Sex Education Faces Serious Setbacks, Continuing a Downward Trend Bill To Kick Planned Parenthood Out of Schools Defeated… and Then Revived The past few weeks, we have been following the progress of a bill that would ban Planned Parenthood from involvement in school sexuality education offerings. Senate bill 89, sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Wasilla), failed to… Read more »

A Spotlight on the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act

Earlier this week, we mentioned that there was a bill pending in the Senate that could lead to additional funding for teacher training of sexuality educators, and for grants that could lead to more comprehensive education programs. But let’s dig deeper. What could the implications be if the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA) were passed?… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act, and More Are the Dutch Doing It Right? Over on PBS, Dutch sexuality education is spotlighted, showing the stark contrast between sex ed there and in the U.S. Those behind the curricula make a strong case for starting sexuality education as early as 4 years old in order… Read more »

What We Can Learn from National Minority Health Month

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986. Its formation was a response to a report released by the United States Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) the previous year on black and minority health. Today, it is their mission to develop programs and support policies that will eliminate health disparities. OMH does… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

How Technology Is Changing the Way We Learn About Sex New Mobile App Provides the Answers That Teens Are Looking For Later this week, Juicebox—a mobile app created by Brianna Radar—will become available for download. Juicebox is Radar’s solution to what she sees as a lack of solid sex education in high school, which in turn… Read more »

A Reading List on Birth Control Activist Margaret Sanger

Just last week, Terrible Virtue, a fictional portrait of birth control activist Margaret Sanger by Ellen Feldman, was published by Harper. Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, devoted her life to legalizing birth control, and improving its availability to all women. Who Was Margaret Sanger? Born in 1879, Sanger first became interested in the idea of legalizing and improving… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Sexuality Education Policies Continue To Fluctuate Across the U.S. New Sex Ed Bill on the Table in Ohio Ohio has a new bill pending—Senate Bill 101—that would ensure that contraceptive methods be taught in school. If this bill were passed, mandatory HIV/AIDS prevention education would also be accurately provided. The bill also includes an optional comprehensive sexual health education… Read more »

Do We Need To Strengthen Continuing Education for Medical Professionals?

Just this past December, the D.C. Council Committee on Health and Human Services voted unanimously to approve the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-168). This new bill, if passed, would require health care professionals to receive continuing education on how best to treat LGBTQ populations. More specifically, this bill would require medical… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Students Beg for More and Better Sex Ed… and Some of Them Get It! Students Want More from Their Sex Ed Deakin University and the University of South Australia conducted a survey showing that school-based education programs are students’ primary source of information about sexuality and relationships. But at the same time, students find this… Read more »

UNESCO Releases a Global Review on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Last week, we blogged about the evolution—and bifurcated state of—sexuality education in the United States, especially in light of President Barack Obama’s proposed budget cuts to abstinence-only education programs. In the coming months, it will be interesting to see how his proposal shapes sex education curricula going forward. But what about sex ed around the… Read more »