Find more helpful tips on how to effectively approach school officials by reading Sex Ed: Is Your School Respecting Your Family's Values? on the Thriving Family website.
Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D., is an internationally renowned child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, who writes and speaks about the dangerous misinformation given to children in public schools — specifically during sex-education classes. The North Carolina Family Policy Council interviewed Dr. Grossman on this issue. You can listen to the two-part radio interviews with Dr. Grossman here: The Truth About Sex Ed (Part 1) and The Truth About Sex Ed (Part 2).
Dr. Grossman also outlines her concerns with today's sex education in her book, You're Teaching My Child What? The Truth About Sex Education, which is an excellent resource for every parent. She further summarizes her book in an article on The Heritage Foundation's website.
If possible, encourage your school officials to work with parents in supporting the healthiest possible standard for student sexual behavior: Sexual risk avoidance (SRA) abstinence. And, show your school the evidence that abstinence-education programs are working. Focus on the Family encourages parents to view online or print a copy of Abstinence Works 2013, which is produced by the National Abstinence Education Association. Use talking points for abstinence education to help fortify the case your support of abstinence, and learn more about what you can do to change a public school's sex-education policy.
Do you need help explaining your concerns to school officials about today's culture and the overemphasis on sex, particularly with girls and women? Listen to the two-part Focus on the Family Broadcast with popular author and guest, Dannah Gresh:
- Helping Young Women Understand Sex in Today's Culture (Part 1 of 2) | Focus on the Family Broadcast
- Helping Young Women Understand Sex in Today's Culture (Part 2 of 2) | Focus on the Family Broadcast
Dr. Freda McKissic Bush offers her advice on Talking Abstinence With Your Teen, which might be helpful, as you consider what's appropriate for classroom teachings, or how to talk to your teen about sex and why pursuing abstinence until marriage is the healthiest choice — and it's in the school's best interest.
What our children are taught about sexuality during school is important. Trying to work with schools to uphold the highest and healthiest sexual-health standards can often be a tough job. We hope you'll let Focus on the Family help you with useful resources and sage advice from trusted experts in the area of abstinence-centered sex education.
This article is a 2013 extension of the articleoriginally posted on ThrivingFamily.com in 2012.