As a teacher, you want the best for your students. Subjects like math, science, English and history are important for their future and are a part of the core curriculum in Florida public schools. There is an important - even life-saving - subject that is not a requirement for students in Florida. Comprehensive sex education is not compulsory in Florida public schools and there are currently no statewide standards for teaching sex education. A University of Florida study identified the following inadequacies in sex education in Florida:
Teachers across the state know what is best for their students - and that is information about abstinence AND about protection from sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy:
"This is a topic that needs to be taught to all students. Unfortunately our state does not agree.” - Teacher, Pinellas District
“I believe the State of Florida is wrong to teach abstinence-only and I believe Sarasota County is wrong to follow this decree. I feel our training as teachers is harmed by this policy. I believe this is detrimental to the health of our population.” - Teacher, Sarasota District
“I feel it is extremely important to teach sex education in the classroom. I am amazed by how many students are so misinformed about sexuality.” - Teacher, Okaloosa District
Advocating for comprehensive sex education in schools is just one of the ways that you can give your students their best chance at success. Click here to learn about how you can show your support for medically-accurate, comprehensive sex education.