SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT NEW HEALTH ED STANDARDS FOR TEXAS SCHOOLS

Jun 28, 2019 by

“Setting the Record Straight About New Health Ed Standards for Texas Schools”

By Donna Garner

6.28.19

To clarify, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath is not promoting contraceptives in the new Health Education curriculum standards (TEKS). This is a lie being pushed by the Houston Chronicle and Texas Freedom Network: 

COMM. MORATH’S HEALTH ED TEKS STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS

The Houston Chronicle in its 6.13.19 recent article intimated that Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath is trying to force radical changes into the new 2019 Health TEKS (e.g., contraceptives). As usual, the “fake news” is just that — fake. 

To see what Tex. Comm. Morath is actually recommending, please go to the following link where he has prepared a study of current health education research and state standards (even those laws passed in the 2019 Legislative Session), including national best practices, that would be used as a guide to begin the SBOE’s processes to review and consider revising the Health Education TEKS.  

Comm. Morath’s Health Education TEKS Study Recommendations are found at: file:///C:/Users/DGarner/Downloads/Commissioner%20Recommendations%20for%20Health%20TEKS.pdf

To verify for myself, I particularly read over the sections pertaining to Mental Health and Wellness (p. 4), Injury and Violence Prevention and Safety (p.5), Reproduction and Sexual Health (p.6).  P. 9 has an easy-to-understand chart of grade-level recommendations.  In Appendix A beginning on p. 11, I particularly looked at Bullying/Harassment (p. 11), Local School Advisory Council (p. 12), Human Sexuality Instruction (p. 13), Sexual Harassment (p. 14), Bullying Prevention Policies (p. 14), Coordinated School Health Programs (p. 17), Mental Health of Public School Students (p. 19), Positive Character Traits (p. 23), and Mental Health Promotion (p. 24).

To learn more about the new Health Education (and Physical Education) TEKS Review Process, please go to:  https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills_(TEKS)_Review/Health_Education_TEKS_Review/

TWO ARTICLES THAT CONTAIN VALUABLE INFORMATION RELATING TO THE NEW TEXAS HEALTH ED TEKS:

6.27.19 — “This Battle Really Is for the Kids – Tex. Health Ed Standards”  — By Donna Garner – EdViews.org — http://www.educationviews.org/this-battle-really-is-for-the-kids-tex-health-ed-standards/

6.17.19 — “The Battle for Student Healthy Health Standards Has Begun” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.org — http://www.educationviews.org/the-battle-for-student-healthy-health-standards-has-begun/

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