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The Sex Education Debates$
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Nancy Kendall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226922270

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922294.001.0001

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Concluding Thoughts:Sex Education as Civics Education?

Concluding Thoughts:Sex Education as Civics Education?

(p.224) 11 Concluding Thoughts:Sex Education as Civics Education?
The Sex Education Debates

Nancy Kendall

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the political consequences of current sex education approaches and debates, examines what they demonstrate about “democracy in action” in US schools and public institutions, and argues for a reconceptualization of the goals, daily practices, and measures of success used to judge sex education. It outlines an alternate framework for student, teacher, and community involvement in sex education policy-making that focuses on students' needs, desires, concerns, and experiences as sexual beings, social actors, and citizens-in-training. The framework acknowledges the health, social, economic, and moral implications of sex education, but argues that the implications of sex education as citizenship education, often ignored in current evidence-based decision-making frameworks, might be the most important ones to consider.

Keywords:   sex education, democracy in action, public schools, citizenship education

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