Next school year marks the first time sex education is required to be taught in Mississippi schools. Before this mandate, only a fraction of teens received formal sex education and classroom programs varied widely both in approach and accuracy.
Sex Education Investigative Series
Mississippi lawmakers are confident the new sex ed law will reduce teen pregnancy and STD contraction, but what happens if numbers don’t change?
Will sex education desensitize teens? Should moral training be a part of the discussion? Are conservative values keeping kids in the dark?
Condom demonstrations could make or break Mississippi sex education policy. The Department of Education has a team reviewing proposed sex education programs, but so far they haven’t chosen a single curriculum that is evidence based, or proven to work by the Centers for Disease Control.
Mississippi has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in country – nearly double the national average. So the fact that school districts can choose between programs proven to reduce teen pregnancy and those that haven’t is proving controversial.
Community Engagement Facilitator, Yun Mi Park, traveled to Shelby, Mississippi with Annie Gilbertson to discuss sex education and the decision to implement Abstinence Only or Abstinence Plus in schools.
Tennessee’s House Education Committee was slated Tuesday to discuss a bill that would ban discussions of homosexuality in sex education classes. The discussion’s been delayed for another week; now, two amendments are on the table.