Sex ed advocates score state standards

sexed.jpgI’ll admit that in my three years covering education, I have yet to sit in on a sex education class.  I endured learned about the birds and the bees in a different state — Illinois — mostly through excruciatingly dated filmstrips.

In other words, I don’t have a good handle on the quality or consistency of the topics covered in California’s public schools nowadays.

But I do have news: The ACLU announced today that the California’s Board of Education — which has adopted content “standards” for everything else under the sun — has finally established guidelines for health, including sexual health.

“We are one giant step closer to ensuring that all of California’s students receive accurate and comprehensive information about sex,” said Maggie Crosby, an attorney with the ACLU-NC who has specialized in reproductive rights for more than 30 years.

Given the fact that 11- and 12-year-old girls are being dragged into prostitution, it’s probably high time that schools ramp up their health education efforts.

Do you think these new state guidelines will make much of a difference in the average health class? Is the caliber of sex education in Oakland where it needs to be? What, if anything, needs to change?

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • cranky teacher

    The emphasis on standards in K-12 has eroded the time and energy spent on social development, community building, conflict resolution skills, health and sex ed (as well as trade skills and the arts) etc. Anything to counteract this drift would be good, in my opinion.

  • Nextset

    Venereal Disease is a huge threat to adolescents in CA – especially to the blacks who have VD rates at more than double that of whites. OUSD’s population is likely to become infected during the years they are at OUSD. We don’t even have to get to the pregnancy problem. And in case people think it’s a case of chosing behavior we have an issue with forcible or unwanted sex.

    Going to OUSD is a bit like living in South Africa – you have to work with the infection percentages and plan behavior accordingly. If the OUSD kids are to survive they must be trained in facts and skills to stay in the uninfected group. It’s inmportant for the schools to have a serious Sex Ed/Disease prevention program to match the mortality rates we are experiencing.