Frequently Asked Questions
Are boys and girls separated?
Yes, boys and girls are separated for instruction in grades 5, 7 and 8. The male teacher teaches the boys and the female teacher instructs the girls.
Are students taught how to have sexual activity?
Family Life is a “how not to” class, not a “how to” class.
Is slang verbiage used in the class?
Teachers do not use slang words the instruction. However, a student may ask a question which includes slang. The teacher will explain what the correct terminology is for the slang word.
How are student questions handled?
Students are encouraged to ask questions in the manner in which they are comfortable. They may either ask questions during class or use an anonymous question box. Teachers will answer questions that are asked in an informational, educational manner.
Are alternative lifestyles taught?
Instruction in alternative lifestyles is not part of the Family Life curriculum. If a student asks a question in class about alternative lifestyles, the teachers will encourage the students to talk with their parent or guardian about this issue.
Is abortion part of the Family Life curriculum?
Abortion is not part of the Family Life curriculum. If a student asks a question in class about abortion, the teachers will encourage the students to talk with their parent or guardian about this issue.
Are students taught how to put a condom on a banana?
There is no instruction during Family Life on how to put a condom on a banana. This is a rumor that is often spread prior to Family Life coming into a school.
Is contraception distributed?
No, contraception is not distributed. The main focus on contraception is to explain different types of contraception and their effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness). Students are told that abstinence is the only 100% effective choice to protect against pregnancy and disease.
From what companies are Family Life materials selected?
Family Life materials are selected and reviewed from reputable educational companies. Some of these companies include: Channing-Bete, Journeyworks, ETR, Sunburst Visual Media, Marsh Media and Human Relations Media.