September 19, 2013 |
Looking to classic novels to learn about the spirit of love is one thing, but what can “The Idiot” teach young people about sexual responsibility? Instead of a curriculum covering condoms and sexually transmitted diseases, Pavel Astakhov, Russia's children's ombudsman, is advising that children look to literary fiction. “The best sex education that exists is Russian literature ," Astakhov told Rossiya-24 news channel. "In fact, literature in general. Everything is there, about love and about relationships between sexes.
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August 22, 2012 |
Central Valley teenager Taylor Ghimenti learned in her 9th grade sex education class that HIV-AIDS could be spread by kissing — a medically inaccurate statement. In the 2009 class, her mother said, Taylor was taught only about abstinence as protection against sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies and given no information about condoms or contraception. That launched a quest by her mother, Mica Ghimenti, to change the Clovis Unified School District's high school sex education curriculum.
February 19, 2008 |
On a recent weekday, Clemence Dubreuil had no school because her teachers were on strike, so the 9-year-old begged her mother to take her to a museum to see a new exhibit about sex. If that all sounds very French, it is: Strikes are as much a part of the national character as frank talk about sex. But as the exhibit and the mild controversy surrounding it are proving, the cliches need some updating.
April 16, 2007
Re "Drug-resistant gonorrhea spreading rapidly in U.S.," April 13 This article proves to me that abstinence-only sex education in our public schools should be encouraged, not ridiculed. Sixty years ago, when I took sex education in a public high school, abstinence before marriage and monogamy were taught as sensible and healthy norms for society. It is a joke on our sexually active youth today that something from a drugstore can prevent or cure sexually transmitted diseases. Why does this health-obsessed society rage at cigarette smoke and trans fats but condone behavior that invites gonorrhea and worse?
April 12, 2007
Re "Abstaining from federal sex-ed funds," April 8 Since when does intolerant religious dogma dictate the national policy on sexual education for our children? Since President Bush and Republicans forced an abstinence-only agenda on states for federal funding. The stated goal: Achieve chastity for our hormonally active children. I would have had to lock my six daughters in their rooms for the duration of their teenage years to achieve this goal. The absurdity of the abstinence-based programs became apparent last year when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a memo stating that states "must not" promote contraceptive and condom use to receive funding.
June 18, 2006 |
KRISTIN LUKER is the Rodney King of sociology. Finding herself in the midst of a riot, where history's hatreds are written on the combatants as indelibly as gang tattoos, she stands up, blinks and asks: Why can't we all just get along? Luker picks the streets where the glass is shattering and the cars are burning: abortion, teen pregnancy and, in "When Sex Goes to School," public school sex education.