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The Sex Education Debates

Nancy Kendall


Educating children and adolescents in public schools about sex is a deeply inflammatory act in the United States. Since the 1980s, intense political and cultural battles have been waged between believers in abstinence until marriage and advocates for comprehensive sex education. This book upends conventional thinking about these battles by bringing the school and community realities of sex education to life through the diverse voices of students, teachers, administrators, and activists. Drawing on ethnographic research in five states, the author reveals important differences and surprising com ... More

Keywords: educating children, adolescents, public schools, sex, abstinence until marriage, sex education, ethnographic research, American democracy, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226922270
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226922294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Kendall, author