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New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

May 1996

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Comprehensive Health And Physical Education
Standards And Progress Indicators

Standard 2.4:
All Students Will Learn The Biological, Social, Cultural, And Psychological Aspects Of Human Sexuality And Family Life

Descriptive Statement: Health-literate and physically educated students consider the biological, social, psychological, and cultural implications of sexual behavior when making health-enhancing choices. Health-literate and physically educated individuals take personal responsibility for their sexual health and the health of their relationships, and recognize the impact that sexual decisions may have on the well-being of others.

Cumulative Progress Indicators

By the end of Grade 4, students:


Identify the stages of human development from conception to death.


Identify ways to show affection and caring that are appropriate for children.


Discuss how family and friends are important throughout life and that relationships require respect for others.


Explain different kinds of families and that all family members have rights, privileges, and responsibilities.


Discuss the influence of the media on the development of gender stereotypes.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 8, students:


Describe the significant developmental milestones of each stage of human development, with emphasis on the physical, emotional, and social changes of adolescence.


Describe the functioning of the human reproductive system and the physical and emotional changes that occur at puberty.


Describe and discuss affection, love, commitment, and sexual attraction, and the difference between having sexual feelings and acting on them.


Discuss factors that support and sustain relationships such as friendships and marriage.


Describe the responsibilities of parenthood, with an emphasis on teen parenthood, and discuss the impact of parenthood on parents, family members, and the child.


Discuss the impact of early sexual activity on physical, emotional, and social health.


Develop strategies to support sexual abstinence, and compare and contrast methods of contraception used to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and unintended pregnancy.


Analyze sexual messages, images, and stereotypes presented in the media and discuss their impact on sexual behavior.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 12, students:


Discuss theoretical models of human personality development.


Describe the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur at each stage of human development, and the role of human sexuality throughout the life cycle.


Describe how personal relationships evolve over time, focusing on changes in friendships, family, dating relationships, and marriage.


Analyze the responsibilities, joys, demands, and challenges of parenthood.


Describe safe and effective parenting skills, and identify resources for information and help with parenting.


Discuss issues regarding sexual orientation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.


Compare and contrast risk reduction and prevention strategies, including sexual abstinence, monogamy, and methods of contraception.


Identify resources that provide information, assistance, and care in addressing sexual and reproductive health and legal issues.



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