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Educating for Character in the Sexual Domain

Last edited 20th June 2013

Educating for Character in the Sexual Domain

Some character educators may worry, "If we tackle a topic as divisive as this, will we jeopardize broad support for character education?"
For character educators to try to avoid sex education, however, is to ignore the elephant in the room. In our hypersexualized culture, sex is everywhere. For all teenagers, understanding their sexuality and making decisions about this area of their lives is a key developmental task. Moreover, how we lead our sexual lives is intrinsically a moral matter, since sex has profound consequences for self, others, and society. Sexual decision-making is therefore a matter for character education.

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