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ERIC Number: ED070972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 19
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Major Legal Aspects of Sex Education.
Bartoo, Jean
The legal status of sex education in the public schools in the United States as it existed at the close of the 1971-72 school year was investigated. The investigation included surveys, analyses, and interpretations of statutes, significant rules and regulations of state departments of education, and court holdings as they applied specifically to sex education. Investigation and analyses of the court cases involving sex education indicated that the courts are not in accord on the question of an inherent parental right to instruct in matters of morality and religion. It appears that the courts will support the right of school authorities to establish curriculum in sex education, family life, or human sexuality so long as it is not arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, or in violation of state or federal laws or constitutions. The courts will also uphold the individual constitutional right to excusal from such instruction on the grounds of invasion of religious freedom or personal morality. (Author/WS)
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