Sex Education in Schools

Have you ever wondered what the California Education Code actually says about sex education in our schools? The following is a summary from the California Department of Education website

For your reference, the California Education Codes regarding sexual education are 51930 through 51939. For the complete code, go to

1. While schools ARE required to teach about HIV/AIDS prevention (once in middle school, once in high school), schools are NOT required to teach sex education. If the district chooses to teach sex ed, the curriculum must be:

  • age appropriate
  • medically accurate and objective
  • available on an equal basis to English language learners
  • accessible and appropriate for pupils with disabilities

And, here’s the kicker . . .

  • appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds

Which means, according to the California State Department of Education, that

“All comprehensive sexual health education and HIV instruction, including topics such as sexual development, dating, family, and protection from STDs and pregnancy, must encompass the experiences of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students as well as those of their heterosexual classmates.”

2. Sex Education must not:

  • teach or promote religious doctrine
  • reflect or promote bias against any person on the basis of any category protected by the Ed Code’s non-discrimination policy

That second bullet is just another reminder that you can’t teach sex education in a way that would discriminate against any pupil based on their gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

3. Sex Education must also:

  • encourage students to communicate with parents/guardians about sex
  • teach respect for marriage and committed relationships

So, can you see the danger of redefining marriage? If marriage is redefined as being between any two loving individuals, then during sex education, teachers must teach respect for both heterosexual and same-sex marriage!

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1 comment so far

  1. Mary Griffin on

    With the recent sizable donation from the California Teacher’s Association against Prop 8, you’re now trying to tell me that this won’t be taught in schools?! It is SO refreshing, especially since that large donation, to see a California teacher standing up for Prop 8. Good for you! Keep up the good work!

    ~ Mary

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