Sex Education: Where Does It Stand?

November 1966
Education Digest;Nov1966, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p17
The article focuses on issues related to sex education in the U.S. Increasingly, schools in the country are making sex instruction part of science and health curriculums, starting in kindergarten with a continuing course on personal health and family living. Actual sex instruction usually comes in fifth or sixth grade and again in eighth or ninth. The question of who should teach it is touchy. Many principals instruct boys and school nurses instruct girls. Some schools depend on gymnasium teachers, guidance counselors, or classroom teachers to do the job. Schools not giving sex instruction invariably use the excuse that no one is qualified. Some principals are aghast when asked about giving sex instruction to boys and girls together. Yet many schools describe it as the only sensible way to proceed. There is general agreement that the home is the ideal place for sex instruction of young children. Among schools with active programs, the public and parochial posture toward sex instruction, which involves parents, is similar.


Related Articles

  • SEX EDUCATION: THE PRINCIPLE AND THE PRINCIPAL. Wayne, Joseph E. // Education;Fall81, Vol. 102 Issue 1, p60 

    Sex education can play a pivotal role in preparing youth to assume a responsible position in society. Sex education which stresses the positive aspects of human sexuality and responsible decisionmaking can make a valuable contribution to the individual and to society. The initiative for...

  • Talking About Sex. Curran, Carla; Witt, Virginia // State Legislatures;Oct/Nov2002, Vol. 28 Issue 9, p24 

    Focuses on the issues that should be addressed in sex education courses offered by several schools in the U.S. Rates of teenage pregnancy in the U.S. as of October 2002; Provisions of several sex education laws that have been enacted by state legislatures in the U.S.; Views of parents on the...

  • Communicating about Sex--Education through Stories.  // Communication Currents;Jun2011, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p2 

    The article reports that 90% of public secondary schools in the U.S. offer sex education to students in an effort of providing them their needed decision-making skills and information for healthy and productive lives.

  • Boys-only groups best for effective sex education. Harrison, Sarah // Nursing Standard;3/30/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 29, p8 

    Reports on the opinion of British sexual health nurse Theresa Nash that boys will only benefit from sex education if they are taught in single-sex groups. Nash's advice to school nurses to refuse to teach sex education in mixed groups; Recommendation to give pupils fizzy drinks and chocolates...

  • TRUTH IN SEX: WHY JOHNNY CAN'T ABSTAIN. Bennett, William J. // Education;Winter87, Vol. 108 Issue 2, p142 

    Comments on the sexual behavior of teenagers in the United States. Importance of sex education in schools; Teenage pregnancy rates; Successful sex education programs in the U.S. INSET: Opinions on Education.

  • Sex in the schoolroom.  // Saturday Evening Post;6/29/1968, Vol. 241 Issue 13, p72 

    Discusses several issues concerning sex education among schools in the U.S., as of June 1986. Comment on an argument that children must have access to knowledge about sex and sexuality; Views on the purpose of sex education; Criticisms against the use of sex education as an experiment in...

  • Sex Education: A Controversy Becomes a Crisis. Zazzaro, Joanne // Education Digest;Nov1969, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p9 

    The article reports that school board members in the U.S. are facing attacks from various groups on their sex education programs. After as much as five years of calm in some districts, sex education suddenly has stirred the emotions of entire communities. The controversy has been stoked by radio...

  • What's On Your Mind? Grosser, Katie // Skipping Stones;Sep/Oct2007, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p33 

    The article presents the author's views on why sex education is a necessity in the U.S. schools. The author read once that over 60 girls in one high school were pregnant or already had children due to unawareness of contraceptives. He says that it seems as if the U.S. is too prudish and...

  • Parents Want Schools to Teach More Sex Education. Ferguson, Dawn B. // Curriculum Administrator;Dec2001, Vol. 36 Issue 11, p20 

    Reports on the preference of parents for more sex education courses in schools in the United States. Opinion of students and teachers towards sex education; Percentage of students taking sex education classes; Views of parents on importance of sex education.


Read the Article

Courtesy of

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics