Date of Award
Union College Only
Bachelor of Arts
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
education, young adults, instruction, inequality, policy
Sex education in its current form is insufficient for our children and young adults. The already meager sex education in the United States widely varies in approach and pedagogy, if it is provided at all (Guttmacher, 2017). A report on sex education mandates by the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy center for sexuality and reproductive rights, illustrates that only 24 states mandate sex education, two of which do not require it in conjunction with HIV education. Thirteen states require the provided information to be medically accurate. Additionally, 38 states require the school district to involve parents in the education of their children, where parents are provided notice about the course, consent to the class, or opt their child out. Regarding the mandated types of education provided, 37 states require abstinence to be taught, 26 of which demand it to be highly emphasized. Lastly, their research concludes that 18 states require information regarding contraception to be provided to students. The policies enacted that mandated programs or certain topics to be taught only scratch the surface for a successful program. It is within the local and state policies that the description and goals of a course or program are developed.
Linn, Carly, "Evaluation of Previous Sexuality Education Experiences Influence on Preparedness for Young Adulthood" (2018). Honors Theses. 1638.