Friday, February 8, 2008

From the Files of Captain Obvious: Sex-ed teachers don't know s*@t!

Sex EdIf I could have placed a wager on who in my high school was least qualified to teach a bunch of horny hetero teenagers about sex, I would have bet it all on the asexual, dykey sports coach (whose understanding of dude-on-broad action was limited to whatever she'd witnessed in the hallways) who guided my junior-high class toward "sexual awareness".

Having known at 17 how underqualified the sex-ed teaching staff in this country is, it should come as no surprise I was underwhelmed by a recent Reuters headline, “Many sex ed teachers may lack training”.

I know! Shocking! “A sizable minority of sex education teachers does not cover all of the basics,” the news site reported, “and many lack training to teach sex ed at all, a survey of teachers in one state suggests.” Great. Apparently, a study of sex-ed teachers at 201 Illinois schools showed a full one-third of instructors didn't offer “comprehensive instruction—defined as covering the four basic topics of abstinence, birth control, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.” Thirty percent claimed to have “no special training in teaching sex education.” Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, don't it?

[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]

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