On April 20,the U. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Teen Pregnancy Prevention TPP Program—a grant program created by the Obama administration in to reduce teen pregnancy rates in the United States—will provide funding only to organizations promoting abstinence-only approaches. While the American public is demanding ways to tackle teen pregnancy and other issues such as unhealthy relationships, 4 the federal government is reducing access to critical intervention tools—an important one being comprehensive sex education.
Minnesota is one of 37 states that does not require sexual education to be medically accurate. In fact, there is no current state standard for sexual education. Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education, the student-led group in Boynton Health, began their Sex Ed presentations this week to help students combat myths in sexual education.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC survey indicates that more than 47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex, and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime. Among students who had sex in the three months prior to the survey, 60 percent reported condom use and 23 percent reported birth control pill use during their last sexual encounter. Sexual activity has consequences.
Lippert, a freshman Democrat who is also a Congregational minister, is the lead author of the comprehensive sexual health education bill in the House. The bill would task the commissioner of education with crafting a medically accurate and age appropriate model curriculum. It would have to cover human anatomy, reproduction and sexual development, as well as consent, bodily autonomy and healthy relationships of all kinds.
Minnesota does not have a standard or statewide curriculum for sexual health education and fewer students in the U. Comprehensive sex education is more than reproductive information, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, and unintended pregnancy but includes learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality. Medical and education experts agree that effective comprehensive sex education aims to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to realize their health and well-being; develop respectful social and sexual relationships; consider how their choices affect their own well-being and that of others; and understand and ensure the protection of their rights throughout their lives.
A bill for an act relating to education; sexual health curriculum; requiring commissioner of education to develop a model program; requiring a report; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter B. The commissioner must provide school districts and charter schools with access to the model program, including written materials, curriculum resources, and training for instructors by June 1, The sexual health education program must include instruction on the topics listed in subdivision 1, paragraph band must: new text end.
All Minnesota students would learn about pregnancy prevention, gender identity and the need for consent ahead of intimacy under a sex-ed requirement proposed by Democratic lawmakers. Currently, there is no state standard for sex-ed instruction. The courses would need to cover human anatomy and sexual development and a range of methods for preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases at levels appropriate for various grade levels.
The goal of sexuality education at Friends School is to promote sexual health. The Quaker belief that "there is that of God in every person" is the foundation of our sexuality education curriculum. It takes place as part of formal studies including units on families, health, and the human body, and through informal discussions.
Lawmakers spent more than eight hours Tuesday debating the omnibus education budget bill in the Minnesota House. But House members spent at least two hours debating language that would require all school districts to offer comprehensive sex education. School boards would create their own curriculum or use a model curriculum that will written by the Minnesota Dept.