John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight this week was outstanding! The lack of uniformity in Sex Ed is troubling, and I had no idea that it was this dispar within the US. It’s shocking! And I’m glad that he did this program, because it’s something so important!
“There is no required standard for Sex Ed in this country. In fact, only 22 states mandate that kids receive it, and 13 require that the information presented be medically accurate. Which is crazy. You wouldn’t accept a history class not being historically accurate… we essentially have a weird patchwork system that varies wildly and not just from state to state, but from district to district, and even from school to school.”
This is a weird reality for me. In my time, in Portugal, there wasn’t any Sex Ed classes, but I remember having a Sexual Education “reunion” of sorts, as early as the 5º grade – 10 years old. I remember that in middle school we did various papers on STDs and contraceptive methods, and we were 12/13 years old… nobody complained about the gross pictures, they thought us what could happen…
Also, abstinence was never a “plan”, a choice YES, but not a prevention, at least not where I lived, information and explanation were. So, take the time and watch the segment below, it’s funny as hell, although a little worrying.
By the way: a lot of points to LWT, that had John Stewart as the personality of the week! =D