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NYCLU Study Shows Gaps, Inaccuracies and Bias in NY Sex Ed Instruction

September 24, 2012 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, News

A recent report by the NYCLU, based on a study of 82 public school districts, has concluded that New York State students generally get sex-ed instruction that is inaccurate, incomplete and biased. “Our study shows that the lack of binding statewide sex-ed standards is compromising the health and well-being of our young people,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “Every day in public schools across the state, students receive sex-ed instruction that leaves them unprepared to make healthy, informed choices about sex. New York must reverse this failure and ensuring that our schools provide comprehensive, medically accurate and age-appropriate and bias-free sex ed.

You can access the full report here (PDF): http://www.nyclu.org/files/publications/NYCLU_SexEd_report.pdf

NYCLU Study Shows Gaps, Inaccuracies and Bias in NY Sex Ed Instruction

See: http://www.nyclu.org/news/nyclu-study-shows-gaps-inaccuracies-and-bias-ny-sex-ed-instruction

September 12, 2012 –  Many public school districts across New York State provide sex-ed instruction that is inaccurate, incomplete and biased, according to a report released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union that analyzes sex-ed materials that have been used in 82 public school districts.

“Our study shows that the lack of binding statewide sex-ed standards is compromising the health and well-being of our young people,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “Every day in public schools across the state, students receive sex-ed instruction that leaves them unprepared to make healthy, informed choices about sex. New York must reverse this failure and ensuring that our schools provide comprehensive, medically accurate and age-appropriate and bias-free sex ed.”

The report, Birds, Bees and Bias: How Absent Sex Ed Standards Fail New York’s Students, examines sex-ed materials used during the 2009-2010 and 2010-11 school years. The NYCLU sent freedom of information requests for the materials to 108 districts statewide; 26 provided too little information and were excluded from the study. New York City, which recently adopted a citywide sex-education mandate, was also excluded. The total number of students enrolled in the districts surveyed, about 543,000 students, represents about half the enrollment in the state’s schools, outside of New York City.

“It’s shocking what passes for sex ed in some New York classrooms,” said NYCLU Assistant Advocacy Director Johanna Miller, a co-author of the report. “We found lessons that contained glaring inaccuracies about basic anatomy, reinforced negative gender stereotypes, and stigmatized LGBT students and families. Many school districts do little to educate students on how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections and sexual assault. Rigorous, binding statewide standards are essential to fix these rampant failures.”

Read the full story here: http://www.nyclu.org/news/nyclu-study-shows-gaps-inaccuracies-and-bias-ny-sex-ed-instruction



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