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What's Up With Sex Ed?

What's Up With Sex Ed?

I remember my first encounter with sex ed. It was when I was in the 4th grade — they made the girls go into one classroom and the boys in another while they taught us all about periods and how babies are made. I also remember my sex ed classes a few years later, when the boys and girls were in the same room, and we were taught all there was to know about penises and vaginas.

Though we learned that sex education might make teens hold on to their virginity longer, recently reported on a study that shows a decent sized portion of teachers aren't even teaching the main criteria — "defined as covering the four basic topics of abstinence, birth control, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases." That's pretty disappointing news, but it kind of rings true. What about you? Is there any one thing in particular that you remember from sex ed that's come in handy today?


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