In the most recent issue of Contemporary Sexuality, we took a look at the evolving state of sexuality education around the world, both in the context of the education we receive in our childhood, and the additional education we may or may not receive years later as professionals. In terms of the former, we wrote about the fact that it can be difficult to track who is learning what, as sexuality education programs are decided upon on a case by case basis among each school district. So while the students in one school district may be receiving comprehensive sexuality education, those the next district over may be receiving a more fear-based education.
We continue to see the fight for comprehensive sexuality education playing out district by district, in news stories and in newsletters sent out by various sexuality organizations. We've blogged here about the new curriculum being implemented in East Lansing, Michigan, due to one outspoken mother's live-tweeting of her son's sex ed class. We've blogged about Hawaii's Board of Education vote to make sex ed mandatory.
Now SIECUS reports on a similar struggle playing out in South Carolina. In Charleston County, the School Board has considered changing the district's sexuality education program several times, but there continues to be heated debate about this among parents. The program that the district is considering implementing is called Making Proud Choices!, and it teaches about both abstinence and contraception. According to SIECUS's report, "the district has recently decided ... that they are not yet ready for this change and has postponed further discussion on the topic."