ERIC Number: EJ1044808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 134
A History of Sex Education in the United States since 1900
Huber, Valerie J.; Firmin, Michael W.
International Journal of Educational Reform, v23 n1 p25-51 Win 2014
We provide a historical perspective toward the current public school practices of American sex education. The primary time frames include the progressive era (1880-1920), intermediate era (1920-1960), the sexual revolution era (1960s and 1970s), and the modern sex education era (1980s to the present). In each period, we highlight key developments that affect educators' current decision making as public sex education continues to develop and morph in the context of contemporary society. We show that an apt understanding of sex education's past is critical for making prudent decisions about its future.
Descriptors: Sex Education, Educational History, Public Schools, Educational Practices, Decision Making, Educational Development, Educational Change, Moral Values, Attitude Change, Birth Rate, Social Problems, Government Role, School Role, Change Agents, Adolescent Attitudes, Subcultures, Drug Abuse, Pregnancy, Federal Aid, Sexuality
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