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Guiding Principles

"Sex Education" and "Sexuality Education" are two very different Things

TPP teaches sexuality education using
4 guiding principals:

1) Holistic Education: Quality sexuality education should be based on the holistic view of self, specifically, that all humans have emotional, physical, intellectual, social and ethical “components” that develop as we grow. Each of these areas can be affected by sexual decisions, and each should be considered in the decision-making process. All youth can benefit from the ability to identify the risks of early sexual involvement as well as the long-term holistic benefits of abstinence and healthy sexual choices.

2) Ages and Stages: Youth of all ages benefit from direct and honest information about sexuality. This information should be age appropriate, as well as school and community targeted. TPP feels elementary and middle school age youth do not have the cognitive and emotional maturity to “choose” sexual activity, thus in grades 5-8  abstinence education is the standard.

3) Skills for Life: TPP believes that positive social skills are the basis for dealing with a wide range of influences such as negative peer influence, sexual pressures, relationship issues and personal stress. Skills taught and practiced through TPP include assertive communication, decision-making skills, critical-thinking skills and risk assessment. These skills if learned well can be applied to any type of relationship or peer pressure situation. “Just say no” is an ineffective strategy to teach young people how to cope with difficult decisions.

4) Parents are Primary. Parents are the primary educators of youth on the topic of sexuality. All efforts are made to include parents in TPP programming through homework assignments, parent orientation sessions, community presentations and parent newsletter. The concept that parents are the most important source of information is reinforced throughout TPP classroom curriculum.

Note: TPP founded the concept of Holistic Sexuality Education upon approval of our mission and philosophy in 1996. We have been a leader in the promotion of quality, positive, and proven sexuality education programs since that time.

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