sexual health education


Sexual Health Education Should be Comprehensive, Medically Accurate, Age-appropriate, Evidence-informed, and Inclusive,
but What Does that Mean?
By Shaina Munoz
Health Associate
May 31, 2017

The Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE) is a partnership between Advocates for Youth, Answer, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.  In 2008, FoSE helped convene 40 individuals from the fields of health education, sexuality education, public health, public policy, philanthropy, and advocacy for a two-day meeting to create a strategic plan for sexuality education policy and implementation. A key priority that emerged was the National Sexuality Education Standards. The standards outline best practices in philosophy and clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum core content for sexual health education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades K-12. The standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexual health education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic. According to FoSE’s rationale for sexual health education in public schools,

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