Teaching Human Sexuality in Junior High School

Kapp, Lucy; Taylor, Barbara A.; Edwards, Laura E.
April 1980
Education Digest;Apr1980, Vol. 45 Issue 8, p60
This article presents information on the importance of sex education in schools. Ignorance and inaccessibility are among the main reasons for nonuse of contraception among adolescents and are, therefore, significant factors in determining teenage pregnancy. Although schools may not be the ideal place for transmitting family life and sex education, if such information is not provided by the family or church and is not obtained else where, the schools may represent the only opportunity for a young person to acquire information necessary for informed decision-making. Described here is an experimental educational program in human sexuality designed for the junior high school adolescent. The course has been offered as a trimester (60-hour) curriculum and also in a four-week (20-hour) format. Both presented a comprehensive view of young women and men as sexual beings. The courses have been offered jointly by the St. Paul (Minnesota) Maternal and Infant Care Project and the St. Paul Public Schools. The classes were designed to promote responsible decision-making and thus to encourage primary prevention of adolescent pregnancy.


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