A Moral Sex Education in the Schools

Gordon, Sol
September 1981
Education Digest;Sep1981, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p5
This article focuses on the need of adequate sex education in the schools in the United States. As a national effort, sex education has not been tried. The most optimistic estimates suggest that scarcely 10 percent of the nation's young people receive anything approaching adequate sex education in public schools. Of the remaining 90 percent, even fewer students are exposed to isolated lectures and basic facts about reproduction. It is suggested that sexuality programs cannot be taught without values. Sex education should be taught from the perspective that it is wrong to take advantage of another person. Schools must teach the value of equality of the sexes and of dignity and respect for all human beings. In the Salt Lake City, Utah, schools have taken leadership in offering moral education as part of the regular curriculum. Some of their basic principles which would also be a good introduction to a sex education program are: each individual has dignity and worth; a free society requires respect for persons, property, and principles; each individual is responsible for his own actions; and each individual has a responsibility to the group as well as to the total society.


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