The Crucible: What's at stake in the sex-ed wars

McLane, Maureen N.
January 2007
Boston Review;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p27
Academic Journal
This author discusses sexual education in the public school system of the United States. Abstinence, religion, and the place for sex in school curriculum is discussed. The author traces the evolution of sexual education from theorist G. Stanley Hall to family-life education to the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). In the 1980s, sex curriculum was debated alongside the Adolescent Family Life Act (AFLA). The author unpacks the report "When Sex Goes to School," by Kristen Luker. The efficacy of sex ed was a topic argued from both liberal and conservative perspectives. The sexual radicalism of writer Pat Califia and the language of risk is discussed.


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