Sex Education in the U.S
According to the Guttmacher Institute, which is a non-profit organization who leads research and policy organization relating to sex and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally, found that in March, 2016
- 24 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education.
- 27 states and the District of Columbia mandate that, when provided, sex and HIV education programs meet certain general requirements.
- 13 states require that the instruction be medically accurate. (does not include Wisconsin)
- 26 states and the District of Columbia require that the information be appropriate for the students’ age.
When sex education is taught
- 38 states and the District of Columbia require school districts to involve parents in sex education, HIV education or both.
- 22 states and the District of Columbia require that parents be notified that sex education or HIV education will be provided.
- 37 states require that information on abstinence be provided.
- 26 states require that abstinence be stressed.
- 11 states require that abstinence be covered.
- 3 states require parental consent for students to participate in sex education or HIV education.
- 36 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to remove their children from instruction.
- 28 states and the District of Columbia require the provision of information about skills for healthy sexuality (including avoiding coerced sex), healthy decision making and family communication when sex education is taught.
- 20 states and the District of Columbia require that sex education include information about skills for avoiding coerced sex.
- 21 states require that sex education include information on making healthy decisions around sexuality.
- 11 states require that sex education include instruction on how to talk to family members, especially parents, about sex.
Based on these alarming statistics, it is clear to say that sex education is being taught in every state based on what their state/school district find acceptable to teach the students. For this reason, not everyone is being taught the same information about sex education and some are deprived of a valuable knowledge about their bodies and lives.