The National Sexuality Education Standards are NOT a part of Common Core. However, if you take the view that Common Core is a framework to introduce a series of nationalized standards, then these national sexuality standards should be considered when examining the fundamental transformation of what our children learn at school.
The National Sexuality Education Standards are “A Special Publication of the Journal of School Health,” If you go to page 6 it says, “The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)3; existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, recently adopted by most states.” Is this curriculum intended to be incorporated into the English language arts reading assignments? Unclear…
On page 6, “Specifically, the National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic.” The whole idea behind Common Core is to create universal standards.
The Chicago Public schools have already adopted these standards: See CPS document HERE.
In Illinois, if you do not want your child to participate in the Sexuality education, you may opt your child out.
View the National Sexuality Standards document HERE.