The Answer Sheet: Sex Education


Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Students seek to repeal Alabama law forcing teachers to say homosexuality is criminal

Two Alabama students have started a petition on change.org in support of a bill seeking to repeal a state law requiring sex ed teachers to tell students that homosexuality is a crime.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 06/28/2010

Willingham: Newsweek story on single-sex ed research misses mark

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham critiques a Newsweek article on single-sex education and how faithfully it represents research on the issue.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 06/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:08 AM ET, 02/03/2010

Why I doubt the abstinence-only sex ed study

I’m not an expert on scientific research but I question the results of a highly publicized research study on an abstinence-only program that is being touted as persuading young teens not to have sex. The abstract of the study says that the outcomes were self-reported, meaning that the researchers took the word of middle and high school students about whether they had had sex or not.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:08 AM ET, 02/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 02/01/2010

Kids' sex talk horrifies teachers--Report

America isn’t the only country where there are concerns about kids engaging in sexual activity at ever younger ages. Teachers in Australia are reported to feel “helpless” while listening to fourth and fifth graders boast about their sexual exploits. In an article in the Australian newspaper The Mercury, Australian Education Union official Roz Madsen was reported as saying that a recent union forum teachers described the discussions that the kids were having. "The students are talking about what they have done on the weekend, sexual experiences that they are having," she said.... ""They are talking about oral sex and saying they are doing it."

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:28 AM ET, 02/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 01/26/2010

Sex education -- the right kind

Cause and effect can be hard to determine, but it seems fair to link at least part of the rise of abstinence-only sex education during the last decade to the newly reported rise in teen pregnancy. Congress should pay sharp attention and stop spending money on what doesn't work. A report released today shows that the pregnancy rate among teenage girls in the United States has jumped for the first time in more than a decade... What kind of sex ed works?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 AM ET, 01/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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