Teaching young people age-appropriate, medically-accurate information seems like such an obvious concept. Why is there even an argument?
Anything that has to do with sex has become politically and socially charged, especially as it relates to public schools. Over the past several years, the issue has been turned into a question of morality and religious views, with many people arguing that if you teach children and young people about how to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, you are encouraging them to have sex (entirely false). Despite the fact that numerous studies have shown that to be entirely false, the argument has been effective in scaring many into thinking it's true. So, instead of standing up for science and education, too many policy makers at every level have moved from a position of default truth in curriculum to one of caution and questions. This has occurred at the same time that increasing accountability measures have been put in place for school districts. Students are tested on many subjects with the results publicly used to assess how well a school and a school district are doing their jobs. Often, health is overlooked when the tests are developed; even more often, sexual health is left off of those tests. So, that leads to less attention in schools paid to health, particularly sexual health.
These factors combined make comprehensive sexuality education an issue that many districts don't want to consider or address. They have enormous challenges facing them on a daily basis, so why deal with something they believe to be controversial? Why? Because addressing issues of sexual health is an imperative for young people. But that can seem an oversimplification at a time when school districts are facing shrinking budgets and increasing pressure every day. This is why it is important for people who understand and care about the issue to get involved.
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What is the Issue?
What is the Issue?