Public Middle Schools and High Schools in NYC are now required to have sex education courses. This isn't too unusual as most of the schools already follow a very similar plan, and parents still have the right to opt their kids out of contraceptive method lesson days.
The policy shift, first reported in The New York Times, means that students as young as 11 will be taught everything from the risks of unprotected sex to issues surrounding pregnancy and puberty. High schoolers will receive pointers on the proper way to use a condom, officials said.
"In high schools, an oral description of how to use a condom will be given," a Department of Education official said. "If students want a demonstration, one can be given in the health resource room."
"We must be committed to ensuring that both middle school and high school students are exposed to this valuable information so they can learn to keep themselves safe before, and when, they decide to have sex," Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in an email to colleagues.
We definitely think this is important. Things are happening younger and younger at an alarming rate and the best course of action is knowledge. Talking to your kids is one thing, but to get the proper clinical side to things, it's best to be in a classroom setting.
We're wondering if this is going to upset parents, or if the support will be there and waiting for the new changes.
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