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June 22, 1940

High Schools and Sex Education

JAMA. 1940;114(25):2497-2498. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810250071037

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This pamphlet is published by the United States Public Health Service to set forth a point of view with relation to how sex education had best be carried out. Acknowledging the necessity for primary sex teaching in the home and deploring the general lack of such teaching, the booklet postulates the theory that the school must do what the home fails to do. In the presence of such a Hobson's choice, the proposal set forth in the booklet should meet with general approval. The booklet is divided into three principal parts, exclusive of the foreword and introduction. Part one has to do with planning and organization in the secondary schools, containing chapters on the province of the school, methods and supplementary devices, and teacher selection, preparation and development. Part two indicates how sex instruction can be integrated with various courses, including biology, general science, physiology and hygiene, physical education, home

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