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Sex Education Debates

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ISBN-10: 0226922286

ISBN-13: 9780226922287

Edition: 2012

Authors: Nancy Kendall

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Educating children and adolescents in public schools about sex is a deeply inflammatory act in the United States. Since the 1980s, intense political and cultural battles have been waged between believers in abstinence until marriage and advocates for comprehensive sex education. InThe Sex Education Debates, Nancy Kendall upends conventional thinking about these battles by bringing the school and community realities of sex education to life through the diverse voices of students, teachers, administrators, and activists. Drawing on ethnographic research in five states, Kendall reveals important differences and surprising commonalities shared by purported antagonists in the sex education wars, and she illuminates the unintended consequences these protracted battles have, especially on teachers and students. Showing that the lessons that most students, teachers, and parents take away from these battles are antithetical to the long-term health of American democracy, she argues for shifting the measure of sex education success away from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates. Instead, she argues, the debates should focus on a broader set of social and democratic consequences, such as what students learn about themselves as sexual beings and civic actors, and how sex education programming affects school-community relations.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Nancy Kendallis assistant professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsinndash;Madison.nbsp;

Sex Education Research and Policies
Microanalyses of Sex Education
Florida's "It's Great to Wait" Campaign: The State as Manager, Marketer, and Moral Arbiter
"It's a Local Thing": Sex Education as Compromise and Choice in Wyoming
No Idea Is Bad, No Opinion Is Wrong, but Knowledge Is Power: Sex Education in Wisconsin (coauthored with Kathleen Elliott)
Engaging Diversity: Sex Education for All in California
Macroanalyses of Sex Education
Morality Tales: Adolescent Desire, Disease, and Fertility in Sex Education Programs
"Men Are Microwaves, Women Are Crock-Pots": Gender Roles in AOUME and CSE
"What Are We Doing about the Homosexual Threat?": Scientism, Sexual Identity, and Sexuality Education
Rape as Consuming Desire and Gendered Responsibility
Concluding Thoughts: Sex Education as Civics Education?
Appendix 1
Appendix 2