TEX. HEALTH ED STANDARDS TO BE FINALIZED NEXT WEEK

Nov 13, 2020 by

“Texas Health Ed Standards To Be Finalized Next Week”

By Donna Garner

11.13.20

Personally, I believe the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) and their various work groups have done an excellent job with the Health Ed TEKS document that is up for Final Adoption this coming week.  

Testifying at the State Board of Education (SBOE)

To see the “Final Recommendations Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Health Education, Kindergarten–High School,” please go to: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Health_Education_TEKS_Review_Final_Recommendations.pdf

The Health Education TEKS document does NOT require school districts to utilize a certain curriculum. The Health Ed TEKS tells districts WHAT must be taught in Health Ed K-12 but does not prescribe a specific curriculum that must be used. That curriculum decision is left to the local school districts which also are required to have a SHAC (a.k.a., School Health Advisory Council https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/sdhac.shtm )

MY THOUGHTS ON THE PRESENT HEALTH ED TEKS DOCUMENT

I believe that the proposed Health Ed TEKS will give students excellent and much-needed guidance on a myriad of health issues that students face today.

I am very thankful that the SBOE has continued to affirm abstinence-based sex education while not approving amendments that would have added sexual orientation, gender identity, and abortion to the Health Ed TEKS.

Adding the phrase “a parent or trusted adult” throughout appropriate places within the document is a wise decision.  

I am a little uneasy about the HPV wording in Grades 7 – 12 but am glad it comes after students have first been taught the 100% effectiveness of abstinence.

I see nothing in the proposed Health Ed TEKS document that forces teachers to push the social emotional learning (SEL) agenda. I guess it is possible that a school district “could” teach any number of egregious things in their chosen curriculum, but that is where the locals must step up and make their voices heard (SHAC, etc.).

I, along with probably everyone on the SBOE, wish that young students did not need to be taught about sexual abuse but could only be taught about healthy sexual relationships within marriage.  Unfortunately, the reality of today’s world is that young children must be taught about sexual abuse so that they cannot be talked into being groomed by sexual predators.

DETAILS ABOUT THE UPCOMING SBOE MEETING

The only additions to the attached information about testifying at the SBOE on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at 9:00 A. M. are that the public hearing on the Health Ed TEKS will be 3 hours;  the P. E. TEKS will be 3 hours (third hearing for both); and the Science TEKS will be 5 hrs. (second hearing).  

Here is the link to the Texas State Board of Education agenda for the upcoming meeting on Nov. 17 – 20, 2020: https://tea.texas.gov/node/358496

The original recommendation entitled “Commissioner’s Health TEKS Study Recommendations” set very helpful parameters for the SBOE and the Work Groups to follow:  https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Commissioner%20Recommendations%20for%20Health%20TEKS.pdf

ARTICLES FROM THE LAST SBOE MEETING

9.17.20 – “SBOE Votes Against Radical Sex Education in Health and in Politicized Science” — By Mary Elizabeth Castle – Texas Values

9.17.20 — “Tex. SBOE Votes Against Radical Sex Ed and Politicized Language in Science TEKS” — From Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttps://www.educationviews.org/tex-sboe-votes-against-radical-sex-ed-and-politicized-language-in-science-teks/

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