Should Schools Rethink Sex Education in the #MeToo Era?





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Published on Jul 11, 2018

At Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown Day High School, comprehensive sexuality education includes discussion on healthy relationships, obtaining consent for intimacy, and preventing violence. It’s an effort the private school started even before the #MeToo movement. School Counselor Amy Killy says the recent uproar over sexual harassment and assault only reinforces the importance of this instruction. Students who get these lessons, Killy says, are “going to be in a much better position to be making choices that are healthier and safer, both emotionally and physically.” Senior Tyce Christian agrees, “The more we know, the easier it will be to navigate these situations when we face them later in life.”

Yes advocates believe these sorts of approaches to sex education may be rare. While 29 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education, only 38 percent of high school students and just 14 percent of middle school students are receiving comprehensive sex education, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To see what it might look like, we sit in on a wide-ranging sex education class at Georgetown Day, and attend a meeting of male students working to include men in the #MeToo conversation. (June 12, 2018)

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