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ERIC Number: ED231797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Pages: 31
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Reference Count: 0
Sex Education: A Historical Perspective.
Klein, Daniel
A review of literature on sex education in the schools traces the changing opinions and attitudes on the subject over the past century. Early sex education efforts (1880s to 1920s) in the schools focused upon the repression of sexual activity, the prevention of immorality, hygiene, and prevention of venereal diseases. A gradual movement (1940s to 1950s) away from heavy emphasis on morality brought new insights into the value of using sex education to contribute to the long-term sexual adjustment of individuals and a positive, rather than negative, approach toward attitudes about sex. While the purely biological approach toward sex education remained during the 1960s and 1970s, opinions evolved on the role of the school in helping students to make sound and responsible judgments, to deal with sexual issues objectively, and to guide students in matters of sexual morality as an integral dimension of their character development. Present approaches to sex education indicate that it is still in a period of growth and change. While opposition remains to sex education in the schools, the opposition, for the most part, represents a minority view. Sex education programs need to continue to attempt to meet the needs of society. (JD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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