Opinion: Don't Be Spooked By Sex Education

Marion Herbert's picture
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween has passed, and with it all of the goblins, and ghosts and other things intended to leave us frightened.mOr have they? A look at the recent news would lead you to believe New York City's parents are facing the biggest specter of all: that public schools will begin teaching your children sex education.

I'm here to tell you, put the ghost cutouts away. Turnoff the flashlights, and stop telling the scary stories. Because when it comes down to it, there's no reason to be spooked by sex education.

Yes: starting this spring, New York City public school students will begin receiving two semesters of sex education: one in sixth or seventh grade, and one in ninth or tenth. As the New York Department of Education recently wrote, much of the news coverage around this topic has been sensationalist, and misreported the facts. But still, for many parents mandatory sex education may be a scary step, especially if you've never discussed the topic with your children yourself.

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