The series is based on a new report titled “Just Say Don’t Know: Sexuality Education in Texas Public Schools” coauthored by David Wiley, PhD, and Kelly Wilson, PhD.
Wiley is professor of health education at Texas State University and president of the American School Health Assocation. Wilson is assistant professor of health education at Texas State University-San Marcos and national board member for the American School Health Association.
Here are the six key findings as written in the table of contents of the report:
1) Most Texas students receive no instruction about human sexuality apart from the promotion of sexual abstinence.
2) Most school districts do not receive consistent or meaningful local input from their School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) regarding sexuality education.
3) Sexuality education materials used in Texas schools regularly contain factual errors and perpetuate lies and distortions about condoms and STDs.
4) Shaming and fear-based instruction are standard means of teaching students about sexuality.
5) Instruction on human sexuality in Texas often promotes stereotypes and biases based on gender and sexual orientation.
6) Some Texas classrooms mix religious instruction and Bible study into sexuality education programs.
Yikes! I won’t attempt to add anything to what these findings suggest because the analysis has already been done so well at The Bilerico Project.
Read the series:
Homophobia: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum
Religion: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum
Sexism: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum
Unsafe Sex: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum
Right-wing Politics: Part of the Real-life Abstinence-only Curriculum