Sex Education: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Sex Ed Crisis
News flash: Pretty much has sex before marriage (95 percent of Americans, to be exact). Yet lots of high school teens are being taught to wait (they won’t) without being told how to use birth control or lower their risk of getting STIs. And while plenty of students get no sex ed at all—only 24 states and Washington, D.C. even require it—more and more are learning from “abstinence-focused” curricula that serve up shame and heteronormativity and fail to provide crucial information about sexual health, healthy relationships, consent, and contraception.
The Trump administration is now trying to accelerate this trend by pumping money into abstinence programs that have been scientifically proven not to work. And what you don’t knowcanhurt you: Experts say that denying people basic information about a normal part of health and development threatens their basic human rights, by withholding information they need to protect their health.
This is whyCosmolaunched a months-long investigation into the sex-ed curricula currently being taught using federal government money (i.e. your tax dollars). You will be shocked to learn what’s in these lesson plans.
Video: The Problem of Sex, Education, and Young People | Dr. Simon Forrest | TEDxDurhamUniversity
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