Education requirements also include information to support students in developing healthy relationships and skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
Though the teen birth rate has declined to its lowest levels since data collection began, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate in the industrialized world.Roughly one in four girls will become pregnant at least once by their 20th birthday.Teenage mothers are less likely to finish high school and are more likely than their peers to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and be in poor health.Their children are more likely to suffer health and cognitive disadvantages, come in contact with the child welfare and correctional systems, live in poverty, drop out of high school and become teen parents themselves.Allows the Department of Education to make modifications to ensure age-appropriate curricula in elementary school.
Requires the Department to maintain a public list of curricula that meets requirements of law and to create standards for instructor qualifications.
A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey indicates that more than 47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex, and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime.
Among students who had sex in the three months prior to the survey, 60 percent reported condom use and 23 percent reported birth control pill use during their last sexual encounter Sexual activity has consequences.
Creates additional requirements for sex education, including teaching the benefits of delaying sexual activity and stressing importance of using effective contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Requires the Department of Education, among other things, to develop list of appropriate curricula and create rules for instructor qualifications.
Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group.