Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Sexual Education, Federal Funding, Comprehensive Sexual Ed, Abstinence-Only Sex Ed, High School Education, Abstinence-Only Until Marriage Programs, Adolescent Sexual Health Education and Promotion Programs


Conversations surrounding sexual education usually revolve around comprehensive sexual education curricula and abstinence-only until marriage curricula. These conversations and the federal funding budgets that developed from these programs prevent innovation and modernization of sexual education programs. Furthermore, research has demonstrated major flaws in both curricula. This paper does not argue for one approach to sexual education over another; instead, the proposals in this paper aim to bridge long-standing disputes on sexual education by creating a new standard of sexual education that also addresses the major downfalls of both current curricula. In order to qualify for funding the program would require that the school comply with the following three provisions: required sexual education for graduation, qualification requirements for educators, and parental involvement. These conditions will allow schools more autonomy to teach according to the needs of the students and preferences of the parents, while also addressing the social issues resulting from inadequate sexual education.