SaintGalentine t1_j2exwlp wrote

Is explaining a penis entering a vagina also telling students how to? Teachers don't want minor students involved in sexual activity, but we're trying to prepare them for what they might see outside of school, especially since some are unfortunately already at that point.

Schools are for building foundational life skills and (hopefully) correcting misinformation students encounter. I'd rather students get a factual explanation from a teacher than learn from tiktok or porn, which most middle school-age students have already been exposed to. There's more lgbt youth than ever, and way too many think that since they can't get pregnant, there's no need for precautions or can't be abused.


SaintGalentine t1_j2et627 wrote

The staye of sexual wellness in the South is truly depressing. I grew up in MA, one of the best states for education and children, and our public school covered anatomy and abusive relationships in both middle and high school. (There wasn't really any talk on contraceptives, though) I now teach in the South, and there are laws on the books that specifically state that public school teachers must emphasize "abstinence until marriage" and materials explaining the mechanics of same-sex activity are essentially banned. Our district, the largest in the state, makes it an optional unit that can only be taught in the 7th grade science curriculum.