Ri schools required to teach about dating violence
While Hawaii, do not specify such curriculum requirements, they have recently changed their health standards to address either consent or healthy relationships.
Hawaii, for example, revised its sexual health education standards in 2016 from abstinence-only education to a curriculum that helps students “form healthy relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection and are free from violence, coercion and intimidation” and “[e]ncourages student[s] to communicate …
And as the sources of sex education become even more diverse and are presented in ways that may be inconsistent, confusing, or misleading, educators must leverage these sources and align messaging to help young people determine how best to engage in positive, healthy relationships.
State sex education standards in public schools vary widely.
The California Healthy Youth Act, for example, was enacted in 2016.
It requires instruction on adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family, as well as how to “have healthy, positive, and safe relationships and behaviors.” Additional state standards mandate education about sexual assault prevention and dating violence.
While some of these states’ health education standards make quick mention of pregnancy prevention and/or methods to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), they provide little detail on a suggested curriculum, make no mention of the development of healthy relationships, and do not separate standards by age.California, New Jersey, and Oregon, meanwhile, have served as model examples of teaching healthy relationships as part of sex education.All three states require educators to use materials that are medically accurate and include instruction related to healthy relationships or consent.The Center for American Progress analyzed state laws in the 24 states—and the District of Columbia—that mandate sex education in public schools and found that few states address the topics of consent and healthy relationships in sex education.According to state laws and education standards, only 11 states and the District of Columbia mention the terms “healthy relationships,” “sexual assault,” or “consent” in their sex education programs.* This means that the majority of U. public school students do not receive instruction through their state’s sex education program on how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors.