Kids Publicly Humiliated in Sex Ed Lesson Gone Wrong

classroom with chalkboardParents in San Marcos, California are outraged after finding out that Woodland Park Middle School eighth graders took part in a questionable sex ed lesson. One of the students, a 14-year-old girl, came home and told her mom and dad that her teacher asked her class how far they were each willing to go sexually and then instructed students to stand under signs labeled "smiled at, hugged, kissed, above the waist, below the waist, and all the way."

Apparently, the activity was part of a dating lesson in family life and health class. School officials say the goal was to discuss what's appropriate for dating at the middle school level. Uh, appropriate according to whom?! Further, since when is "what base" anyone will go to appropriate subject matter for the classroom?

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Parents couldn't agree more with the latter question, and some so much so that they're using this face-palming, clearly abstinence-only-based lesson as "just another reason why [sex ed] shouldn't even be in the schools." Agh, NO. The answer is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. 

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Instead of denouncing sex ed altogether, why not look at this incident as a case for having even better sex ed -- in schools and at home? Sex ed that is age-appropriate and works under the assumption that kids ARE going to go "all the way" at some point, and how do we best prepare them for that? How about having conversations that set a solid foundation of useful information, like making sure they understand risks like STDs and teen pregnancy, as well as birth control options to guard against them? So, in turn, kids will be prepared and empowered to make wiser decisions about "how far" they'll go.

That's what matters and can really make a difference in the long-run. Not publicly shaming them with an absurd lesson that succeeds in nothing except publicly embarrassing kids.

How would you react if your kid was subjected to a lesson like this at school?

 

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