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August 11, 1969

Sex Education in Schools— A Polemic

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La Canada, Calif

JAMA. 1969;209(6):940-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160190062025

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To the Editor:—  What the American public is truly now witnessing is a "well-organized and concerted attack against programs of sex education in the schools," but this does not originate with the American right or concerned parents. The attack originates from the American left and has been well organized and financed through private so-called tax free foundations and the federal government. It has not been the American right which has complained about the existing programs of sex education in the schools. What they have truly complained about, and have bitterly opposed in areas where bitter opposition was called for, was the attempt overnight to change the definition of "sex education in the schools." School district after school district suddenly found itself confronted with an assault on the traditional concept of sex education. Parents, boards of education, and school district administrators were suddenly told that this was passe and that a