I advocate that the Tacoma School Board implement a healthy relationship curriculum into our schools. My core job duties as an advocate for students is to educate them about healthy relationships; this includes consent, setting boundaries, managing conflict, being an active bystander and advocate for those whose lives have been impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking. Every year I am astonished by the amount of college-aged students who have never received education around these subjects.
School districts in Washington are not required to implement healthy relationships curriculum. It is up to the local board and must involve the parents. As a parent of five children in the Tacoma Public School system, four of which are at Giaudrone Middle School, I would like to be the parent that gets this conversation started.
Some families believe that sex education should happen in the home, but for many of Tacoma School District’s students, this isn’t happening.