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ERIC Number: ED153994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Guess Who's Pregnant? Sex Education.
Thoms, George H.; And Others
Statistics on teenage pregnancy, the rate of venereal disease, and media representations of sexual mores are offered as rationale for the inclusion of sex education in the elementary-secondary school curriculum. The program of the George Mason Junior-Senior High School (Falls Church, Virginia) is described and used as a model for the discussion of strategies in program planning and development. The six-year-old program, presented in sixth, eighth, ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grades, was developed after a full year of study involving faculty, clergy, medical persons, parents, and community leaders. This careful planning period has been followed up twice-yearly with a community-school committee review and yearly with a parent meeting. Four questions are seen as being at the heart of any family life/sex education course: (1) What should be taught? (2) At what grade levels should the focus of the program occur? (3) How should the material be included in the curriculum? and (4) Who should teach the courses and what type of training should these persons have? General planning strategies for the resolution of these questions are presented. Stressed as basic to the George Mason program are two factors; (1) sexual identity is at the central core of human existence; and (2) human sexuality is a serious academic subject. (MJB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, National Association of Secondary School Principles (62nd, Anaheim, California, February 10-15, 1978)