Gym teachers are probably very good… at teaching physical education. But sex education? Leave that to qualified sex education teachers! In many middle and high schools, it’s a safe bet to say it’s probably that the person who teaches gym or health classes is asked to teach your child a sex education curriculum.
And chances are also good those teachers weren’t required to take a sex education course in college as part of their certification to teach health.
Kudos to the schools that offer sex education at all. But please, if you do, train your teachers to feel comfortable teaching about sex and sexuality. Give kids the best chance at postponing sex, practicing safer sex, accessing sexual health services, and getting the knowledge they need for a healthy future.
This public service announcement was produced entirely by teens working at Community Healthcare Network’s Teens P.A.C.T. program in New York City. For more information about Community Healthcare Network or Teens P.A.C.T., please contact Michele Perlman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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