Recent concerns expressed by those opposed to the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer + content in school sexual health curricula are misguided.

Having taught sexual health education at a public middle school for thirteen years, I understand that parental feelings of nervousness and fear are often coupled with sexual health education in schools. But I have found that most apprehensions can be laid to rest when parents feel their concerns are heard and objectively addressed by a teacher who knows and has taught the material.

Therefore, I encourage parents, educators and community members to critically consider the function of the California Health Framework and the importance of comprehensive sexual health education in schools.

It is important to remember that the framework is not a mandate. It merely serves as a guide for school districts regarding the scope and sequence of their health education curriculum — in what grades health education is taught, what topics and for how long. The curriculum itself varies by district. Moreover, the framework suggests teachings on sexual behaviors, sexual orientation, biological sex and gender identity at a time and in a manner that is deemed developmentally and age appropriate.

Read the full article about comprehensive sexual health education by Kelli Bourne at EdSource.