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NYC Sex Education Mandate Taking Effect
Announced in August 2011, New York City has mandated lessons on sexual health and sex education starting today. Public middle schools and high schools are now required to introduce sex education lessons into health classes.
At least one semester of health education is required in 6th or 7th grade and then again in 9th or 10th grade. Previously, the health classes did not include sex education. This has now changed.
What will be taught includes physiology, the understanding of male and female reproductive systems, recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexuality and sexual identity, handling unwanted sexual advantages, contraception methods, and how to prevent unwanted STD’s.
The NYC Department of education has implemented a “research-based sex risk reduction curriculum” called “Reducing the Risk”. Research has shown that this helps to increase the use of contraception among teens and increase parent-child communication about contraception. It emphasizes that students should use protection consistently and correctly when they become sexually active.
Students learn to avoid high risk situations and recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships by role-playing situations on resisting pressure to have sex. This has proven to have direct results of safe sex behavior.
The sex education mandate takes effect today in NYC high schools and middle schools.
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New York City’s Possible Sex Education Curriculum
Effective in the second semester of the 2011-2012 school year, sex education, including oral sex education, becomes mandatory in New York City’s public high schools and middle schools. A year away from implementation, department of education officials have started to formulate and recommend a projected curriculum.
Under the possible new sex education syllabus high school students could analyze the cost of condoms and research routes to local birth control and STD testing clinics. Middle school students might sort “risk cards” to determine the overall safety of various activities such as mutual masturbation, french kissing, oral, vaginal, and anal sex. Lessons could include role playing on resisting sexual advances and on negotiating necessary condom use with a partner. Students will be told to either “abstain or use condoms” and that “both are responsible healthy choices.” Teens will be presented with topics that explore sexual positions, phone sex, fetishes, vibrators, and others.
These lessons are all under the umbrella of The Department of Education’s current curriculums of Reducing the Risk (for High School Students) and HealthSmart (for Middle School Students). These research-driven sex risk reduction programs have been shown to help delay the desire for sexual intercourse, increase contraception use, and stimulate parent-child sex talks. The lessons in the program will focus on medically accurate information as well as developing students communication skills, the aversion of high risk situations, and recognizing a healthy versus an unhealthy relationship.
New York City needs these sex education programs to help students make well-informed decisions about their sexual health. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1/3 of NYC’s Chlamydia cases were reported in teens age 15-19 years old. The City’s School Chancellor has stated, “we cannot stick our heads in the sand.” Action is needed.
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What is your take on NYC’s new sex ed curriculum to middle and high schoolers?
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Parents to Opt-in or Opt-out of Child’s Sex Education Programs?
Boston social conservatives and lawmakers debated on Tuesday whether or not requiring parents to opt their children out of state legislated sexual education courses infringes on parental rights. Also on the agenda was the topic of mandatory sex education and its policies of a parental opt-in or opt-out system.
There are two schools of thinking in regards to the opt-in vs. opt-out system. Some think that having to opt out of the program isn’t enough because if parents aren’t actively engaged in their child’s education, then parents won’t be aware of the curriculum being presented. On the other side, others believe in a parental opt-in system, which would be more supportive of parents getting involved in their children’s education. This would require parental consent to state mandated programs. Which ever side you’re on most litigators agree, that sex is still being treated as taboo. This hindrance effects the growth and physical developments of kids being able to make healthy choices.
What is lacking now is worthwhile and meaningful sexual education. Curriculums currently teach lessons limited to biology and not healthy decision-making and relationship building. The issue of safe sex education is not “a liberal issue or a conservative issue,” Robin Loconte, a Healthcare official argued. “It’s a health issue.”
The changes to the program that need to be made, according to Sumru Urkut’s a sexual health research scientist, “is medically accurate and age-appropriate information to help students make responsible choices about sexual conduct or whether to abstain from sexual activity altogether.” Without this, misinformation will endanger youths sexual health.
Under this new legislation, school districts could choose whether sex education would be a part of the student body’s curriculum. Those who do choose these programs are
“required to teach the benefits of abstinence and delaying sexual activity; stress the importance of effectively using contraceptives and barrier methods to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS; teach students the skills to effectively negotiate and implement safer sexual activity; help students develop the relationship and communication skills to form healthy, respectful relationships free of violence, coercion, and intimidation and make healthy decisions about relationships and sexuality; and be appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability status, or sexual orientation.”
ONE Condoms fully supports legislation that assists with integrating “medically accurate” and “age-appropriate” sex education in schools. ONE Condoms donates a portion of every sale to HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts at home and abroad.
As for the debate at hand, do you think that school districts should allow parents to opt-in or opt-out of these sex education programs for their children?
Sex Ed Dolls Used in Chinese Kindergarten: is it too young?
Recently in China, certain kindergartens in Shanghai have been using supplemental materials to enhance their sex education programs. Young children around the age of 5 are learning about sex and the human body by playing with dolls that feature very life like genitalia.
The sex education dolls have drawn much criticism from many individuals in China and other countries internationally. Many concerns revolving around the dolls include the worry that this introduction of sexual knowledge is too early to children aged 5 years old. Is this too young to introduce children to the parts of the human body?
Despite these concerns, China a country with an estimated 13 million abortions in annually, one of the highest rates in the world, is grappling with how to effectively teach sexual education in schools. In 2009, 2/3 of adolescents in China had very limited sexual reproductive health knowledge. 22% of Chinese below the age of 18 had sex before marriage and of those more than 50% of them used no contraception during their first encounter. 46 % of American high schoolers, by comparison, had had sex before marriage and of those nearly 85% of them used contraception during their first encounter. Safe sex practices need to be communicated to the youth.
In addition to the sex ed dolls, China has introduced an experimental sex education program to youngsters aged as young as 6. The curriculum includes graphical depictions and descriptions of sex. We know that sex education is extremely important amongst the youth today as we’ve seen nearly 1,000 young people under the age of 16 diagnosed with STI’s , included in our last post.
Is this method of hands on interaction with dolls an appropriate way to teach sexual education to the youth or is this too young to start the discussion of proper contraception techniques including condom use to children? Let us know your thoughts on this controversial teaching practice used in China?
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