Essay about The Birth Of Sexual Education

788 Words Jun 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Public Policy and Sexuality During 1892, the birth of sexual education began when the National Education Association promoted sexuality education as a necessary part of a national education curriculum. After a few years, schools around the country began teaching sexual education in the classroom. However, it was not until 1996, under the Clinton administration that the federal government established to fund a national program formally called Title V of the Social Security Act. As part of a provision of the Welfare Reform Act, the federal government established a grant to the state for the abstinence-only-until-marriage programs (Title V). The abstinence-only-until-marriage programs was intended to improve health and control diseases for future generations; however, it failed to accomplish anything. As a result of the abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, many students grew up without any informative sexual education, which impacted their sexual relationship, sexuality and gender identity. After a majority rule on the Welfare Reform Act, Congress took about two years to gather the necessary fifty million dollars a year in funding. Once the funding became available, there were eight very specific requirements that the states had to meet in order to be a recipient of the grant. For example, one of the requirements was “Teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school-age children.” Once the state got the money, they…

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