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 »

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

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

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 »

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 »

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

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

Vatican Releases Controversial Sex Education Program The Vatican has released a sex education program—”The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People”—that has many up in arms. Life Site, a news site that align itself with “traditional Judeo-Christian principles,” lays out what they see as its positive and negative attributes. Restrictive Alaska Bill… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

 New Report Claims British Sex Ed Unfit for New Generation According to a new report, sex education in British schools is “unfit” for the “smartphone generation.” The report goes on to claim that 95 percent of pupils are not being taught about LGBT relationships, and one in seven pupils receives no sex ed classes at all. The… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Sex Ed Updates Come to Mount Pleasant School District For the first time since 2011, the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan sex education advisory board will be making changes to the district’s sex education curriculum. Most notably, sex education will now be offered as early as fourth grade. Kenyans Look for Ways to Bring Sex Ed to More… 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 »

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 »