The National Education Association’s Health Information Network (NEA), wants students to know the body parts of the male and female anatomy by grade 2 and be able to define sexual orientation by grade 5. The NEA has published a document intended to “provide clear, consistent and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education.” The document is titled, National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, Grades K-12. Staff members of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America served on the document’s advisory committee. While the National Sexuality Education Standards cannot become mandatory apart from legislative action, they are expected to influence teacher training and school policies.
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