Basically, the State Board of Texas approved the teaching of sex education on their students. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS is actually the standard curriculum of courses taught around the public schools in Texas. Primarily, it requires health education for K-5 to K6-8. However, this is not an indication that the students must have to undergo a health class.
This is actually a normal health lesson discussed within a normal school day. It mainly targets short discussions focusing on the concepts of hygiene, healthy eating, and mental health. Eventually, sex education can be incorporated into standard health instruction. Yet, it may become a little bit complicated.
The Role of the State Board of Education
The State Board has a number of essential functions especially when it comes to the selection of curriculum and material.
- Reviews and revises TEKS for some developments in the courses for a 2-year cycle
- Approves textbooks and instructional materials for health and sex education
The Rights of the Parents in Sex Education
In order to provide more direct instructions in conveying the district-specific policies of the school, parents are allowed to participate in the course. Moreover, parents have all the right to decide whether they want less or more sex education provided to their students.