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New York Sex Education Curriculum

Is New York's Sex-Ed Too Sexy?

Beginning next year, sex education is going to be mandatory for middle school and high school students in New York City, but the new sex-ed curriculum includes some controversial lessons. The Department of Education's recommended workbooks include:

  • Comparisons of prices and features of different condom brands at stores.
  • Research of the confidentiality policy at clinics that provide birth control and STD tests.
  • Discussions about the safety and risks involved in having sex with a condom, mutual masturbation, French kissing, oral sex, and anal sex.
  • Resources like Go Ask Alice, which covers sex positions, sadomasochistic sex play, fetishes, bestiality, and more.

The Department of Education claims the curriculum enforces that abstinence is the best option for avoiding teen pregnancy and STDs, but parents are upset that it may go into too many sexy details for preteens and teens. The question is, would it be more preferable for kids to learn about safe sex practices in a healthy, school environment than the possible misinformation they'd receive from their peers and TV? How much is too much?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
"Though, I don't think sex ed does anything to prevent STDs or teen pregnancies." Just because your school district had a few teen pregnancies, doesn't mean it doesn't help. For all you knew, 30 kids could have ended up pregnant without the education. My district taught sex ed since 4th grade and only about 3-4 got pregnant freshman year to graduation (or at least carried to full term). All of them graduated. And our graduating class had about 600 students. Agree that it will never be AS effective as a Mother and Father teaching, but that doesn't mean it's not effective. You have to remember that this knowledge usually stays with teens through their older years, so it's not just information give when the kids still think they are invincible.
myhousemd myhousemd 5 years
I think Go Ask Alice should be in sociology, not sex ed. And comparing features and prices should be taught in a consumer math class (which I think should be added to every curriculum). Otherwise, it does fill the gaps and reassures them on the questions and fears they may have. Though, I don't think sex ed does anything to prevent STDs or teen pregnancies. My school district started sex ed in 5th grade, and 10 people in my high school freshman class ended up not graduating because of pregnancy. In my graduating year, the youngest girl to get pregnant in my county was 11 years old!! Really, preventing that is something parents do. Schools can try to pick up the slack, but it will never be as effective as a mother and father teaching morality (meaning respect and safety, not necessarily abstinence) to their children.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
The more educated they are, the better. The gaps we leave in their education are filled in by their friends. Remember that.
RLP79 RLP79 5 years
I don't think price comparing condoms is something that a teacher needs to explain, but I don't think to much information is a bad thing either. I would rather my kids get info from a teacher than their friends on the playground.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Gabriela, I agree.
xxinfinitepleasurexy xxinfinitepleasurexy 5 years
DING! DING! DING! Time for a teenager's opinion. Not only a teenager but one who also lives in New York. Bobbie Jo, I agree with every point of yours with the sole exclusions of practicing(not preaching) abstinence and what you view as "not normal" First, 2 in 3 sexually active teens have a STD. So I don't know about you but that seems pretty normal, despite the fact that said teens will not become aware of their STD for quite some time. Also teen pregnancies? There were FOUR pregnant freshman last year in my school- FOUR. On average every year there are over 750,000 teen pregnancies in the US alone. I can say with absolute certainty and honesty that a sex ed program educating teens on the various types of sex is a fantastic idea. Where do you think teens learn this stuff? Porn, of course. And I don't know about you but I'm most certainly sick of having to watch "Hot MILF sucks large negro" to learn about sex. I, along with many other teens, would love to learn from a qualified professional.
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
I'm going to go against the majority here and say it's too much. I definitely think teens should be educated about sex, protection and how to keep themselves safe, but covering positions and the prices of condoms? I feel like that's almost encouraging them to have sex.
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