I’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?