DOE approves “Pono Choices” sex-ed curriculum

The Hawaii State Department of Education announced Thursday that it approves an updated version of the state’s controversial sexual-health curriculum “Pono Choices.”

The approval will allow middle schools to implement it as an option when structuring their sex-education classes.

“Pono Choices” had received several complaints about the education being medically inaccurate and inappropriate for young students.

The update was halted in June pending a revision by the University of Hawaii Center on Disabilities Studies.

The revision includes a range of changes, such as a revised definition of sex and the genital area, news emphasis on the dangers of unprotected anal sex and elimination of confusing language about condom effectiveness rates.

According to the DOE, all public middle schools are required to provide a sexual-health education class, however students are *not* obligated to attend.

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