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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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“it's a local thing”: sex education as compromise and choice in wyoming

“it's a local thing”: sex education as compromise and choice in wyoming

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The Sex Education Debates

Nancy Kendall

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines how community–school relations and curricular decisions made in a decentralized policy environment affected the sex education approach adopted by a school and its teachers in Wyoming. While the school board adopted a scripted curriculum to try to control the content of the sex education class, three teachers created entirely different educational experiences for their students. One adopted a directive approach and presented an informal Abstinence Only Until Marriage education (AOUME) curriculum; the other two used the official Comprehensive Sexuality education curriculum, but in different ways silenced their own and students' voices to avoid potential confrontation with community members. The story of locally negotiated sex education in Wyoming thus stands in sharp contrast with the top-down story of sex education in Florida.

Keywords:   community–school relations, sex education, public schools, AOUME, Comprehensive Sexuality education

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