How sex education compares in Indiana and Texas – WFYI

by | Jun 1, 2022 | Education


Sex education can look very different in classrooms across Indiana and the country. In Indiana, some schools have recently dropped sex education programs due to parental pressure. In Texas, students this fall will learn about birth control and sexually transmitted infections for the first time in an updated sex education curriculum. 
To share what sex education looks like in these two states, WFYI digital editor for health and education Lauren Bavis spoke with WFYI investigative education reporter Lee Gaines and KERA health reporter Elena Rivera in a Twitter Spaces conversation about their recent reporting on sex education in Indiana and Texas. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. 

Changes coming to Texas 

“Texas got a sex ed update that was almost 20 years in the making,” Rivera said. “The internet is a thing now, kids have way more access to smartphones … and there are a lot of different relationship dynamics that just weren’t necessarily in the curriculum.” 

While the curriculum is still abstinence-based, a major change is that students in Texas will learn about contraception. 

 “This, for advocates, is a huge win because as you can imagine, curriculum from the ‘90s – a lot is missing for kids,” Rivera said. 

But advocates still say there is still a lot missing. Students will not be taught about gender or LGBTQ-related topics. And while students will learn about boundaries, they will not specifically learn about consent.   

“Advocates have said that is something they hear a ton from students asking questions, wanting to know more, and there’s nothing about that in the curriculum,” Rivera s …

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