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RECOMMENDED SEXUAL HEALTH CURRICULUM

Nov 13, 2015 by

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On 11.6.15, Henry W. Burke testified before the Nebraska State Board of Education on Recommended Sexual Health Curriculum.  Mr. Burke’s testimony begins at 3:10 and ends at 12:42.  Also Pediatrician Dr. Ed Truemper gave an outstanding testimony on Comprehensive Sex Education, beginning at 13:05 and ending at 23:20.  This is the link (URL) to the State Board Meeting:

http://www.education.ne.gov/movies/stateboard/nov_2015_board_meeting.mp4

 

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Recommended Sexual Health Curriculum

By Henry W. Burke

11.13.15

 

The recommended sexual health program is used by more school districts than any other sex education curriculum in Texas!

 

  1. SUGGESTED SEXUAL HEALTH PROGRAM

I could criticize the Planned Parenthood Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program, but I will take another approach.  I have a philosophy — If I criticize something, I should be prepared to offer an alternative, a better solution.  I will offer an excellent sexual health program in this report.

States and school districts should consider the Wellness and Sexual Health curricula produced by Scott & White Healthcare and Texas A & M College of Medicine.  The program is entitled the “Scott & White Worth the Wait Wellness and Sexual Health Curriculum.”

The Scott & White Worth the Wait Curriculum is heavily used in Texas.   In fact, the Scott & White Program is used by more Texas school districts than any other sex education curriculum!  The nationally-recognized program has reached more than 150 school districts in Texas and other states. 

Quite importantly, the program is medically accurate and age-appropriate.  This award winning program was developed by Dr. Patricia J. Sulak, M.D. (Obstetrics and Gynecology).  Because it was produced by Scott & White Healthcare and Texas A & M College of Medicine, the medical lineage is quite obvious.

http://www.sw.org/wellness-sexual-health/for-schools

This program has helped thousands of students, parents, and communities engage in fact-based communication about adolescent wellness and sexual health. 

The curricula meets Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements for health education; it also meets the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) requirements.  The TEKS and HECAT requirements help schools select effective health education curricula. 

The curriculum is also in compliance with A-H components of section 510(b)(1) grant requirements.  The Scott & White Worth the Wait Program also meets The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy requirements of an effective curriculum-based program.

The following information from the Scott & White website captures the highlights of the Worth the Wait Wellness and Sexual Health Program:

Key program features include:

  • Medically accurate with up-to-date information
  • User-friendly curriculum with entirely scripted narratives, handouts, student-driven activities, teacher training events and on-going customer support
  • Promotes avoidance of health risk behaviors; all levels of the curriculum include the CDC Youth Risk Behaviors
  • Written by a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and implemented by a major academic medical institute, Scott & White Healthcare, Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • Supportive research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology demonstrating an increased knowledge and shift in attitude toward delaying sexual activity in a study of more than 24,000 middle school students
  • Parent/guardian participation interaction worksheets and handouts
  • Continuous research with pre- and post-curriculum student surveys
  • Educational materials for healthcare professionals for use in clinic or community education settings
  • A leading education source for healthcare professionals and health educators with frequent continuing education conferences throughout the year
  • The most trusted name in sex education, used by more Texas school districts than any other curriculum, and a leading education source for other sex education programs

            http://www.sw.org/wellness-sexual-health/for-schools

 

  1. EFFECTIVENESS OF SCOTT & WHITE CURRICULA

Legislators and education officials should be interested in the effectiveness of any sex education program.  Does it work to reduce teen pregnancy rates and reduce the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)?

  1. The Program Reduces Teen Pregnancy Rates

The Scott & White Worth the Wait Program has supportive attitudinal data published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  This data demonstrated that the program increased knowledge and caused a shift in attitude toward delaying sexual activity in a study of over 24,000 middle school students. 

The published article by Dr. Patricia Sulak (and others) is: “Impact of an adolescent sex education program that was implemented by an academic medical center.”  This is the Conclusion from that article and study:

            Implementation of a sex education curriculum by an academic medical center to adolescents resulted in increased knowledge and a shift in attitude toward delaying sexual activity.

          http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(05)02688-8/abstract?cc=y=

The Program convinces teens that not having sex is the right thing to do.  In the absence of abstinence, the Program convinces teens to use contraception consistently.  By lasting for 10 class periods, the Program causes an attitudinal shift that is more lasting than a quick class on sex.  Because the Program actively engages the participants, they personalize the information.  Peer pressure is addressed and communication skills are taught in the curriculum-based program. 

http://www.sw.org/wellness-sexual-health/wellness-sexual-health

  1. The Worth the Wait Curricula Meets the National Campaign

The Scott & White Worth the Wait curricula also meets The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy requirements of an effective curriculum-based program.  The Scott & White website lists the following points (direct quote):

  • Convince teens that not having sex or that using contraception consistently and carefully is the right thing to do
  • Last a sufficient amount of time (the curriculum lasts 10 class periods, 45-50 minutes in duration, over a two-week time frame)
  • Select leaders who believe in the program and provide them with adequate training
  • Actively engage participants and have them personalize the information
  • Address peer pressure
  • Teach communication skills
  • Reflect the age, sexual experience, and culture of young people in the program

 

  1. COST OF WORTH THE WAIT PROGRAM

 

The Scott & White Worth the Wait Wellness and Sexual Health Curriculum is appropriate for all students and is offered as an in-school program for middle school and high school students.  The curriculum lasts 10 class periods (of 45-50 minutes in duration) over a two-week time period.  If a teacher or school chooses to spend additional time on certain topics, the curriculum allows this flexibility. 

The curricula is divided into four notebooks: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th grade, and High School.  The basic price for each of the four notebooks is $375; and quantity discounts are offered.  Numerous presentation items are available to assist the classroom teachers.  Download the Order Form at:

http://www.sw.org/wellness-sexual-health/for-schools

The curricula for the four grade levels are listed under the “In-School Items” in the following Table.  The $375 price is per teacher copy.  This means the curriculum cost for a 25-student class is only $375!  The “Presentation Items” allow the teachers to go beyond the curriculum to offer additional information.  Each in-depth program includes PowerPoint presentations on CD with presenter guidelines and supplemental resources.  A convenient notebook option is also available.  The key items are listed in the following Table.

 

Table 1 – Product Costs for Scott & White Wellness & Sexual Health Items

Item

No.

Product Description Unit

Price

  In-School Items  
  1 6th Grade Curriculum $375
  2 7th Grade Curriculum $375
  3 8th Grade Curriculum $375
  4 High School Curriculum $375
     
  Presentation Items  
  5 Teens & Sex: What Are the Effects? – CD only    $95
  6 Teens & Sex: What Are the Effects? – CD & Notebook $125
  7 Teens & Sex: What Adults Need to Know — CD only    $95
  8 Teens & Sex: What Adults Need to Know — CD & Notebook $125
  9 Contraception & Teens: Providing the Facts — CD only    $95
10 Contraception & Teens: Providing the Facts — CD & Notebook $125
11 STDs: Facts You Need to Know — CD only $125
12 STDs: Facts You Need to Know — CD & Notebook $175
13 K.E.Y.S. to Succeed – DECISIONS! — CD only    $50
14 K.E.Y.S. to Succeed – DECISIONS! — CD & Notebook    $75

 

Audience:

Item Nos. 5 and 6 – Young Teens

Item Nos. 7 and 8 – Parents

Item Nos. 9 and 10 – Teens, Adults

Item Nos. 11 and 12 – Teens, Adults

Item Nos. 13 and 14 – Teens

 

http://www.sw.org/resources/docs/sexual-health-wellness/order-form.pdf

 

 

  1. EXAMPLE CONTENT FOR 7TH GRADE CURRICULUM

I have the complete curricula for the four grade levels (6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, and High School) from a few years ago.  Because Scott & White periodically updates their curriculum, my copy is slightly different from today’s version.   In the 7th Grade notebook, the following Table of Contents is included:

Table 2 – 7th Grade Worth the Wait Table of Contents      

Lesson

No.

Lesson Title
One Teens’ Emotional Needs
Two Puberty/Anatomy Review
Three STDs and Other Facts
Four More About STDs
Five Why Do Some Teens Have Sex?
Six Sexual Offenses
Seven Body Language, Attire, and Emotional Needs
Eight Risky Behaviors
Nine Refusal Skills
Ten Making Good Choices
  — Optional Post-test
  — Evaluation

                  

To illustrate the content, I include a few examples from Lesson Two: Puberty/Anatomy Review.

Under “Objectives” on the first page, it states the following:

The student will:

  • Recognize the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty.
  • Identify the function of anatomical structures found in the reproductive systems of males and females.
  • Explain how the endocrine system plays an important role during puberty.
  • Summarize the process of the menstrual cycle.

 

Under “Enrichment Activities” on the second page, the following activities are suggested:

  • Have the students find pictures of their favorite actors/actresses as adults and as teenagers.  Ask your students to notice the physical changes the actors/actresses have undergone.  Have students consider whether famous people experience puberty as do other people.
  • Ask students to record their parents’ descriptions of how they felt or experiences they may have had as teens.  Are any of their thoughts or experiences similar to today’s teen experiences?  Different than today’s teen experiences?

 

  1. EXAMPLE CONTENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

In my copy of the High School Curriculum, the following Table of Contents is given:

Table 3 – High School Worth the Wait Table of Contents 

Section

No.

Lesson Title
One Let’s Talk About Character Development
Two Developing Skills for Life
Three You Decide
Four Teens, Sex, and the Law
Five Considering Health Risks
Six The Impact of Teen Pregnancy
Seven Risky Behaviors and You
Eight Developing Healthy Relationships
  — Evaluation
  — Appendix

To illustrate typical content of the High School Curriculum, I include an example from Section Five – Considering Health Risks.  Under “Objectives” on the first page, the following appears:

The student will:

  • Review female and male anatomy.
  • Learn about the physical, emotional, and psychological gender differences.
  • Learn information about menstruation and hormones.
  • Study the symptoms, transmission, treatment, costs, consequences, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

The High School Curriculum also includes a very extensive Appendix on “STD Reference Material.”

 

  1. MEDICAL FACTS ON SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STD’S)

FACT SHEETS FROM CDC

 Syphilis –  http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis.htm — bacterial

Chlamydia — http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm — bacterial

Gonorrhea — http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm — bacterial

Trichomoniasis — http://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/stdfact-trichomoniasis.htm — protozoa

Genital herpes — (HSV 2 ) (HSV 1)  — http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm — virus

HPV — http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm    — virus

Hepatitis — http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/  — virus

HIV —  http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/qa/cure.htm   — virus

 *Typically, viruses are incurable.

 

CONCLUSION

 

State Legislatures and State Departments of Education have an outstanding alternative to Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program.

 

I prefer to call their program “Contraceptive Sex Education.”

 

Scott & White has developed an excellent Wellness and Sexual Health program called “Worth the Wait.”

 

The Scott & White Program is used by more Texas school districts than any other curriculum!

The nationally-recognized program has reached more than 150 school districts in Texas and other states. 

 

Worth the Wait is effective at reducing teen pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). 

 

I highly recommend the Scott & White Worth the Wait Wellness and Sexual Health Curriculum for the schools in your state!

 

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Bio for Henry W. Burke

Henry Burke is a Civil Engineer with a B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E.  He has been a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) for 37 years and has worked as a Civil Engineer in construction for over 40 years.  Mr. Burke had a successful 27-year career with a large construction company. 

Henry Burke serves as a full-time volunteer to oversee various construction projects. He has written numerous articles on education, engineering, construction, politics, taxes, and the economy.

Henry W. Burke

E-mail:  hwburke@cox.net

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