2. A Look into Today's K-12 Sexual Education

Taylor Tovar Southeast Missouri State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): John Kraemer Southeast Missouri State University
Throughout the latter part of the 20th century, researchers have questioned the American sexual education sector curriculum. Now in the 21st century, researchers, educators, guardians, and students question whether the material being taught is still accurate. The quantitative pilot study conducted at a midwestern university looked at how young people viewed their sexual education. The pilot study is compared to research written by scholars in medicine, psychology, sociology, and family health. Data was collected from three focus groups. Participants showed a dislike in sexual education including: time constraint, lack of parental influence, and out-of-date curriculum with no organized effort. Although America has made milestones in sex ed., we still have further goals to achieve. The analysis and results in this pilot study can be used to conduct further research to exemplify the importance of healthy sexual activity. To better assist the research, the following questions have been created:
1. Should the federal government mandate a set curriculum for sexual education in public schools?
2. At what grade level should the curriculum be taught in public schools?
3. Who is qualified to teach sexual education in public schools?
The three proposed questions are jumping points that can better construct the United States’ sexual education system. The first question examined the rules, regulations, and guidelines of sexual education curriculum in the public-school sector. Second, the research looked at the difference in studies at each grade level. Lastly, the aspects of a qualified educator are analyzed.
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Irwin Library 3rd Floor