Sex Education Investigative Series

Mississippi lawmakers say something had to be done, but will new sex education law actually lower rates of teen pregnancy? Photo by Polina Sergeeva via Flickr.
Audio / Mississippi / Sex Education Investigative Series

“Pregnant In The Classroom:” A Special Series On Sex Education In Mississippi Schools

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.

Pregnant In The Classroom: What If Sex Ed Doesn’t Work?
Audio / Mississippi / Sex Education Investigative Series

Pregnant In The Classroom: What If Sex Ed Doesn’t Work?

Mississippi lawmakers are confident the new sex ed law will reduce teen pregnancy and STD contraction, but what happens if numbers don’t change?

A survey of Mississippi parents finds the overwhelming majority in favor of comprehensive sex education, but politics have so far prevented such programs from moving forward.  Photo by the Associated Press.
Audio / Mississippi / Sex Education Investigative Series

Pregnant In the Classroom: A Round Table Discussion

Will sex education desensitize teens? Should moral training be a part of the discussion? Are conservative values keeping kids in the dark?

Mississippi says no condom demonstrations, but does that mean no contraceptive sex ed? Photo by Time for Choice, Norway.
Audio / Mississippi / Sex Education Investigative Series

Pregnant In The Classroom: Condom Demos

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 Department of Education is backing controversial sex education programs. Photo by the Associated Press.
Audio / Interactive / Mississippi / Sex Education Investigative Series

Pregnant In The Classroom: Sex Ed Without Stats

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.

Individuals gathered at the downtown Shelby Depot Library for the community conversation on sex education. Photo by Yun Mi Park.
Community / Sex Education Investigative Series

Students And Parents Gather To Discuss Sex Education In Mississippi

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.

Sex Education Investigative Series / Tennessee

Legislating Tennessee’s Sex Education Curriculum

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.