Think sex ed in schools is important? You’re not alone. In South Carolina 8 in 10 support teaching comprehensive sexuality education in public schools.
What they'll definitely learn.
South Carolina requires that sexuality education covers:
- What abstinence is and that it's the only completely effective method to prevent STIs and unplanned pregnancies
- Contraceptives like condoms, the patch, and the pill (but this topic doesn't have to be stressed in the curriculum)
- STI education
- How to avoid peer pressure
- Age-appropriate topics
What they definitely won't learn.
South Carolina law says schools can't:
- Teach about any type of sexual relationship that's not heterosexual (unless the discussion is about STIs)
- Give information about sexual practices outside of marriage or unrelated to reproduction (unless the discussion is about disease)
- Distribute condoms or contraception
- Teach about abortion
What's up in the air.
Schools have some leeway on:
- Which subjects they cover in their curriculum
- What grade level to introduce these topics