While driving to a doctor’s appointment in the middle of the day on Tuesday I happened to hear part of this Talk of the Nation piece on sex education in public schools. Thought y’all might be interested as well.
Since I didn’t go to public school, I didn’t get sex ed in a school setting. We did get a series on relationship stuff at my church — very basic communication and decision-making skills that I remember being more embarrassing and boring than actual harmful or helpful. Thankfully, I had parents who were willing to talk and a voracious interest in reading about sexual health and human sexuality. So I don’t feel I missed much. But obviously not everyone is in the same kind of situation! Even today, in my thirties, I’m surprised by the persistent misconceptions about human sexuality that surface in peer-to-peer conversations.
What was your experience with sexuality education as a young person? Positives? Negatives? If you’ve got kids, what kind of sexuality education do you want for them, and are you able to find it?