Is Comprehensive Sexuality Education Really Working?

Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) is now a requirement in California's middle and high schools, so there's not much districts can do about it.  The law requires that certain subjects be taught, but fortunately does not specify how these subjects must be taught or how to balance each of the required subjects.  But this isn't all bad. School districts now have an opportunity to create a curriculum that is even better than what was previously being taught in their schools, if they will take the time to create it.  

For example, abstinence is one of the subjects required by the California Healthy Youth Act, and yet most CSE curricula available off-the-shelf barely even mention it, let alone fully explain the myriad emotional and physical benefits of it.  If school districts are really interested in the best health outcomes for their students, they will take this mandate (given to us in the California Healthy Youth Act) and dedicate a sizable percentage of class time to this most important topic which many youth don't even realize is a viable option.

An assessment of all current research on the effectiveness of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (called Re-examining the Evidence by Stan E. Weed and Irene H. Ericksen) reveals that this Risk Avoidance approach has done more harm than good. It also reveals that curricula that place greater emphasis on abstinence show the most promise for producing positive outcomes.  

Three Most Popular Sex Ed Curricula on CDE Site

ASHWG.org is a website on which many Sexuality Risk Reduction curricula have been reviewed for their compliance to the CHYA.  Not a single Sexuality Risk Avoidance curriculum (in other words a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of abstinence to a child’s emotional and physical health) has been reviewed as of this posting.  

For questions about curricula that comply with the CHYA, the CDE directs people to ASHWG.org, giving the false impression that these curricula are required by the CDE.

Three of the most popular curricula are:

Teen Talk (published by Health Connected) is not available for review on-line; although, we have included a few pages from their curriculum on our site.

Rights, Respect and Responsibilities (published by Advocates for Youth), is a free K-12 curriculum that can be downloaded and viewed after providing some personal information. In the sixth grade 3R's curriculum, students are encouraged to log on to scarleteen.com to get answers to their questions about sex.  They are encouraged to do homework assignments on sexetc.org and amaze.org where they can learn about masturbation and play fun games to learn about condoms. 

Positive Prevention Plus offers a free preview of its curricula. The resources page is reflective of the tone and intent of the instruction.

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Sex Ed Resources Provided by the CDE

The California Department of Education has provided many resources for teachers and curricula-writers to use in the development of new curricula or as a resource to their district's chosen Sex Ed curriculum.  Here are several resources, provided by the CDE on their website, that you might be interested in perusing, all of which focus on teaching our children how to have healthy and satisfying sex lives, rather than why it's important to delay having sex until they are older.  The It's All One Curriculum is one of those resources.  Their stated objective is as follows:

"The ultimate goal of It’s All One Curriculum is to develop the capacity of young people to enjoy — and advocate for their rights to — dignity, equality, and responsible, satisfying, and healthy sexual lives."

Health Education Framework Available for Public Comment -- Until June 29th, 2018

Although the deadline for public review has passed, you my find it interesting to learn more about what the California Department of Education is promoting through the Health Education Framework. For a list of common objections to this Framework, held by people who share traditional values, click HERE (thanks go to Eric Buehrer from Gateways to Better Education for sharing this analysis). Another recently noticed objection found within this new Framework is this:

Chapter 5 - Grades 7-8 Health Framework Draft 2019

Some students may be non-monogamous and the term "partner(s)" may also be used to be more inclusive.p. 31.  

The definition of this is Polyamory and is now considered and taught to be yet another acceptable sexual orientation.

POLYAMORY - practice of, desire to, or orientation toward having consensual non-monogamous relationships (i.e. relationships that may include multiple partners).  This may include open relationships, polyfidelity (which involves more than two people being in romantic and/or sexual relationships which is not open to additional partners), amongst many other set-ups.

This screenshot shows the content you need to pay attention to on the Framework page:

Click HERE  to see this page on the CDE website.

Click HERE to see this page on the CDE website.