Sexual health campaign 2006
States can mandate that sexuality education be taught, require schools to teach about STDs or HIV/AIDS, set state-wide guidelines for topics, choose curricula, and approve textbooks.
The majority of decisions about education policy, however, are made at the local level.
Most often these committees make recommendations to the school board which the board can either accept or reject.
Teachers, clergy, public health officials, parents, and students often serve on such advisory committees. Wooley, “Health Education: Results from the School Health Policies and Programs Study 2006,” For more information see: Douglas Kirby, Ph.
The federal government does not have a direct role in local sexuality education.
Reviews of published evaluations of sexuality education, HIV-prevention, and adolescent pregnancy-prevention programs have consistently found that they: back to top Individuals and agencies at the federal, state, and local level—from state lawmakers to school board committees to classroom teachers—are all involved in the decisions that ultimately determine what young people learn in the classroom.
(To find out laws and policies around sexuality education in a particular state, see SIECUS’ State Profiles) On the local level, decisions are made by school boards, administrators, and teachers.
Many districts have also created special advisory committees to review the materials used in school health and sexuality education courses.
Infants and toddlers learn about sexuality when their parents talk to them, dress them, show affection, and teach them the names of the parts of their bodies.
As children grow into adolescence, they continue to receive messages about sexual behaviors, attitudes, and values from their families.