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July 9, 2014

Sex Education in the 21st Century

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque
  • 2The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2014;312(2):125-126. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4789

Controversies about the proper content of school-based sex education continue, but in some fundamental sense they have been matched by—perhaps even overtaken by—other pressing realities. For example, there are increasing demands that school resources be dedicated to teaching the basics of reading, writing, and math and to upgrading the attention given to science education. Many communities find that meeting these legitimate demands places substantial pressure on school hours and budgets, often at the expense of such areas as art and physical education as well as health education, which often includes sex education. Moreover, limited budgets can also decrease the amount of training made available to sex education teachers.

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