The University of Florida recently released the findings of a study on just how much and what kind of sex education is taught in Florida’s public schools. It doesn’t look good for Florida’s students. Even though most parents apparently want some type of sex education in the schools, the quality of instruction is seriously hit or miss and varies wildly in content across the state. No wonder levels of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies are going up in our state!
“Most people are aware that there are major cultural differences between, say, Miami and Tallahassee,” Bandiera said. “What we found in terms of sex education, though, is that these places may as well be on different planets.”
“More than half of sex educators used a ‘locally developed curriculum,’” Dodge said. “In reality this could be anything. Respondents to our survey reported using everything from formal state guidelines to random Internet information and outdated county curricula. In short, there appears to be no uniformity in terms of underlying value systems or philosophical foundations for sex education in Florida.”