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ERIC Number: EJ1025447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-10
Pages: 22
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Moral Pluralism and Sex Education
Corngold, Josh
Educational Theory, v63 n5 p461-482 Oct 2013
How should common schools in a liberal pluralist society approach sex education in the face of deep disagreement about sexual morality? Should they eschew sex education altogether? Should they narrow its focus to facts about biology, reproduction, and disease prevention? Should they, in addition to providing a broad palette of information about sex, attempt to cover a range of alternative views about sexual morality in a "value-neutral" manner? Should they seek to impart a "thick" conception of sexual morality, which precisely articulates how individuals should lead their sexual lives? In this essay, Josh Corngold cautions against the adoption of each of these various approaches. He argues that schools should instead adopt an "autonomy-promoting" approach, which will aim to empower students, cognitively and emotionally, to exercise sovereignty over their own sexuality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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