Why School Boards Are Winning Sex Education Battles

Nolte, M. Chester
October 1973
Education Digest;Oct1973, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43
This article discusses the issue of sex education in the U.S. schools. It's reasonable to assume that sex education will continue as an explosive issue for many, owing in large measure to the fact that it is one of the few items in the curriculum to be assessed in a personal and emotional manner by the majority of school district constituent. In response to a program about human growth and development, a group calling itself Trust About Sex Teaching in Education filed suit in Topeka, Kansas, basing their injunction request on the argument that the program violated constitutional rights of parents to control what their children learn about sex. Sex education, these parents contended, implies an area of interest that is reserved to parents. Turning that interest over to the schools, they argued, would destroy moral and ethical precepts that they had instilled in their children.


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