Sex Ed

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho

PPGWNA has endorsed Erin Georgen’s campaign for District 81 school board because of her strong support for a comprehensive and inclusive Sex Ed curriculum and her commitment to ensuring it also includes support resources for students who may have already experienced sexual assault.

Should gender ID be discussed in K-6, 7-8 or grades 9-12? Why?

Yes, as a part of age-appropriate Sex Ed curriculum. People who don’t use the traditional gender identities makeup only a small fraction of our student body, but face tragically high rates of suicide, assault, homelessness, and are murdered at extremely high rates just for existing. These individuals are in such a minority group their families may be unprepared to provide them with the information they need. The public school system should provide age-appropriate Sex Education comprehensive enough meet the needs of all students.

Information available through the public schools should be age-appropriate, comprehensive, and inclusive. With that said, ultimately parents should be able to view the curriculum and have the opportunity to exclude their students from Sex Ed instruction.

Should school systems play a role in gender identity? Why?

People who don’t identify in traditional ways exist. Despite making up a relatively small percentage of the population, Spokane is large and it is actually likely that every student knows at least one person who does not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. It is useful for young people to have that basic knowledge and information about what different gender identity terms mean. Like with other areas of Sex Ed, the school system should play an educational role. A comprehensive Sex Education curriculum can help to answer questions parents and students might have about people with less common gender identities.

Should schools play a role in discussing Birth Control and/or Abstinence in school? Why?

Yes, information about both should be included in the Sex Ed curriculum. Parents often don’t know how to talk to their students about these issues and kids don’t often feel comfortable asking their parents questions they might have. Many parents depend on the public Sex Ed curriculum to ensure their student has up-to-date information about how to stay safe during puberty. Resources should be age-appropriate, should include information about how to avoid predators, ways to respond to pressure from peers, and how to get additional help.

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