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Sex Education

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December 2011 Issue | by News China Magazine

Sex and the Schoolroom

Chinese teachers, parents and legislators weigh in on a familiar debate - does the responsibility for sex education lie with the schools, and if so, at what age should children learn the facts of life?

Photo by Zhen Hongge and CNS

December 2011 Issue | by Wang Yan | Sex Education

Yet to Mature

Lacking a solid foundation, sex education in China remains fragmentary and falls far short of comprehensiveness. How can a country so conflicted about sexual values move forward?

Photo by Shi Jianxue/CFP

December 2011 Issue | by Wang Yan | Sex Education

Teaching Taboo

As the teen abortion rate continues to rise, educators are calling for a sex education paradigm with Chinese characteristics drawing on “traditional values, virtues and esthetics.” But is this just another way to avoid directly addressing the issue of sex in education?

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