Reforming Texas Sex Education
Over 80 percent of Texas schools teach only abstinence or nothing at all about sex, but that is changing, according to The Economist.
Texas state law enforces that abstinence is taught “as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age.” The law fails to mention the use of condoms, contraceptives or sexual orientation.
Texas has one of the highest teen-pregnancy rates in America and over 60 percent of high-school seniors reported that they were not virgins. Furthermore, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Texan teens are the least likely in America to have used contraception last time they had sex.
However, in October the school board in Austin unanimously voted for an updated sex-education curriculum to be implemented for children between the ages of 8 and 14. In 2020, the Texas state board of education will vote to reform the state standards for health and sex education.
Texas sex education is under reform as new curriculum is introduced into schools.