Earlier this week, New York City announced that all public middle and high schools must provide a semester of sex education in 6th or 7th grade, and again in 9th or 10th grade. HIV-positive women worked for several years to make this happen.
New York City takes steps to protect students by mandating that public schools offer comprehensive sex education.
For some, the idea of including pleasure within sexuality education is a no-brainer. For others, it is the forbidden subject—the Voldemort of sex ed that should not be named under any circumstance.
Next week the Tennessee legislature will vote on a law to prevent teachers from talking about homosexuality in class. This is not the first or the last time lawmakers have censored educators.
The Illinois House is using the conservative Agriculture Committee to pass anti-choice bills, North Dakota is looking at a personhood bill, and Sen. Lautenberg and Rep. Lee introduce a bill banning federal funding of ineffective abstinence programs.
Riding the ferries in Vancouver? You’ll get free wi-fi but no sex-education.
Margaret Cho on the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS; Mississippi is in need of some serious comprehensive sex-ed; and Texas still criminalizes homosexuality?
A more than two-thirds majority of voters–including those who voted for Republican/Tea Party candidates in the November 2010 election–strongly oppose the House Republican leadership’s declaration of war on women.
Still waiting for emperical evidence that comprehensive sex ed reduces teen pregnancy? Here you go.
Public education is about education. In our public debate about sexual health education, what is most important is to respect public education’s core values of evidence, science and reason.