AUSTIN, Texas AP — In the first changes to the sex education curriculum in Texas in more than 20 years, the State Board of Education on Friday approved teaching middle schoolers about birth control but decided against providing students with information on consent, sexual orientation and gender identity. The revisions consist of teaching seventh and eighth graders about the effectiveness of birth control in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The new standards, which guide textbook content as well as instruction in public schools across the state, will go into effect in The board also approved teaching fifth graders about fertilization and sixth graders about sexual intercourse.
100 Must-Read Sex Education Books (for Grown-Ups)
Must-Read Sex Education Books (for Grown-Ups)
LGBTQ rights advocates are pushing back against the Texas Board of Education's recent rejection of a proposed curriculum to teach middle school and high school students about gender identity and sexual orientation. The Republican-dominated board rejected a batch of proposed curriculum changes last week, striking down mandates to require students to learn about the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation as well as a proposal to teach middle schoolers about consent. The board is expected to take a final vote on any changes in the sexual education curriculum in November. Some proponents of the changes called the rejection "especially tragic" as research shows that most LGBTQ students don't feel safe at school because of harassment and bullying. Texas Board of Education member Ruben Cortez, a Democrat, formally proposed the new standards at a board meeting last week before sharing a heartfelt story about how his daughter struggled in accepting her own gender identity. He said he crafted the proposal in an effort to teach "the importance of treating all people with dignity and respect regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sex Education in Schools: Here's What Your Kid Is Learning
Sex education enjoys and suffers the same fate as other aspects of behaviour; from myths to advice and best practices, one must be aware of what sex education implies. With that in mind, we present 30 things you should know about sex. Each of these 30 points will help you understand sex and sex education better. We begin with some common myths that plague teenagers from the first time that they become interested in the world of sexual encounters.
Before we jump into this list of sex education books I would like to tell you a bit about what this list is and what it is not. First of all, it is by no means comprehensive. This list was made with adults in mind; it is not a list of sex education books for kids nor is it a list of books on how to talk to your kids about sex. This list also does not include books on dating or relationships, save a few, and I intentionally have not included memoirs. It is broken into primary categories while fully acknowledging that most of these books fit into multiple categories.