No matter where you go in the world, sexual health curriculum is changing.
For 20 years PEACE has been helping parents to navigate the sensitive lesson content. Our goal is to promote positive communication between parents and schools, and better learning environments for all children.
The PEACE 5-Step Process
When parents follow the PEACE Engage Process they …
- Understand sensitive lesson content in public schools
- Build positive relationships with your child’s teacher so that you have a basis for effective communication
- Begin to take responsibility for instructing you child on this important topic
- Positively communicate the values and instruction of your home so that your child’s learning needs are understood
STEP 1: ENGAGE THE FACTS
Learn the facts about the curriculum and how to engage effectively using the PEACE-ful approach to communication.
- The philosophical foundation Sexual Health Instruction
- Where is this coming from?
- What will my children be learning?
- Sample lessons
- What it can look like in the classroom when implemented over a period of time?
- Do these programs work to reduce teen pregnancy and STI rates?
- Why be concerned ?
- Is this happening in all classrooms ?
- Do parents have a choice ?
STEP 2: LEARN THE PEACE-ful PROCESS
Become your child’s primary educator on this sensitive issue.
- Before expressing concern with the curriculum, learn how to build positive relationship with your child’s teacher so that when you need to talk about sensitive topics it will be easier and more effective
STEP 3: ENGAGE YOUR CHILD
- Become your child’s trusted source of information on sex and relationships
- The best place for your child to learn about human sexuality is at home with a caring parent (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical Institute for Sexual Health)
STEP 4: ENGAGE THE SCHOOL
Tools and strategies to:
- build relationship with teachers and principals
- Positively share your faith needs and the most effective learning strategies with respect to sensitive sexual health instruction
- Ask that you be informed about sensitive lessons
- Provide alternative independent study units, based upon sexual risk avoidance, that will help the child to connect the learning to the teachings of the home
STEP 5: ENGAGE WITH OTHERS
- When you have been successful, share this with other families