Human Sexuality Instruction
Under state law (Education Code 28.004) human sexuality instruction must:
Present abstinence as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried persons of school age.
Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, infection with HIV or AIDS, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity.
Use reality rates, that include the possibility of human error, to teach contraception, instead of theoretical laboratory rates, where human error is less likely to occur.
At the middle school level, BIG DECISIONS uses classroom activities to help students learn about healthy relationships and how bodies work. Students learn how sex has consequences, why abstinence is the best choice for teenagers, and how to resist pressure to have sex. They also learn about ways for sexually active people to reduce their chances of pregnancy and STDs—including information about birth control and condoms.
The lessons are taught in physical education by a trained group of professional educators from your child’s school. Sixth graders will receive a BIG DECISIONS-PART 1 which concentrates on building resiliency to resist pressure for risky behavior; seventh and eighth graders will receive BIG DECISIONS-PART 2 which emphasizes self-reflection for a healthy, productive life; both programs focus on providing accurate health information to encourage wise decisions.
At the high school level, HEALTHY DECISIONS is a comprehensive sexual health unit which stresses the importance of abstinence, and the consequences associated with choosing to engage in risky behavior. Students will also learn how to resist pressure to have sex, and ways for sexually active people to reduce their chances of pregnancy and STDs—including information about birth control and condoms. Healthy Decisions also covers sexual assault, sexual abuse and the responsibilities of being a parent.