ERIC Number: ED222480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Sexuality Education: What It Is and What It Isn't.
Marini, David C.; Fopeano, Richard
As socially supported institutions, schools must take their share of the responsibility for developing a comprehensive curriculum about family life and sexuality education. Schools have the opportunity to integrate sound sexual information, understanding of attitudes, and the development of knowledge related to sexual matters along with instruction students receive in other areas. A concern of school administrators and teachers is opposition from community action groups, some of which may be organized outside the community and involve relatively few actual community members. Parents rightfully have the primary responsibility and opportunity for assisting their children in the development of positive health practices, attitudes, and values including those connected with human sexuality. While the majority of parents feel that sex education is important for their children, less than 20 percent of parents actually take an active role in educating their children. The ideal in formal school sexuality education programs is to have the school working in a partnership with parents in providing accurate and honest sexuality education. However, parents will not understand the school's intentions of partnership unless the school makes them aware of it and works with them. Sexuality education can realistically be regarded as a valid educational pursuit which holds the promise of making significant contributions. It can add not only to the solution of important social problems but also to the enrichment of individual personal lives. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American School Health Association (56th, Phoenix, AZ, October 1982).