California Board of Education OKs Standards for Health Curriculum
The California Board of Education this week adopted its first-ever set of health education content standards, which detail exactly what students are expected to learn about health from kindergarten through 12th grade, the Contra Costa Times reports.
The guidelines are part of a 2004 law that requires all high schools to give medically accurate information about condoms and other forms of birth control. The law also banned abstinence-only sex education in state public schools, where information about how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is limited to abstinence from sexual activities.
The health curriculum for students also covers drug and alcohol use, nutrition, exercise and environmental health (Hull, Contra Costa Times, 3/14).
The standards are posted online.