Carnal Knowledge: New Mandatory Sex Ed Classes Have Some Hot And Bothered

Sample, from the middle school workbook:

Lee: No, Lee, stop.

Lee: Why?

Lee: I’m not ready for this. And besides, we don’t have protection.

(The odd use of the same name for both characters mainly serves to give the impression of a masturbating schizophrenic.)

Or, Scenario 1: Birthday Present

Kelly and Chris have been going out for almost a year. Kelly does not want to have sex. Tonight is Chris’s birthday and they are alone, kissing and touching. Chris wants to have sex but Kelly isn’t so sure.

Chris: What’s wrong?

Kelly: I don’t know. I’m not sure about this

Chris: Come on! It’s my birthday. This will make it special.

Kelly: I know it’s your birthday, but I don’t think I’m ready.

(The lessons include an area where students can write in a potentially better response from Kelly.)


City officials point out that one third of the new chlamydia cases were reported in teens age 15-19 years old. They say that over a quarter of male Hispanic teens, and even more male black teens, reported having had multiple sex partners, and that a substantial number of those say they did not use a condom the last time they had sex.

And, most important, they note that there is in fact no set curriculum. All the new initiative is doing is mandating that some form of sex ed be taught in schools. The curriculum that everyone is harping on is merely what the city is recommending and is providing free of charge to teachers who take one of their training sessions.

“That is even more disturbing!” said Mr. O’Reilly. “The city is now saying they don’t have any clear curriculum to be taught so it is up to 500 different schools and principals to give their ideas about sex and sex ed!”

Opponents of the new measure who actually have read the curriculum have harped on three elements—first, what may be known as the Great Condom Treasure Hunt, second, the Abortion Clinic Mapping exercise, and a third known as Explicit Web Sleuthing.

In the first, students are asked to go to a bodega or drug store and compare prices and styles of condoms. In the second—in which opponents like Life Center of New York volunteer Fred Trablusi say, “They are talking about taking our children from schools down to abortion mills”—students are told that many people avoid going to a clinic because they don’t know what to expect, and so students are instructed to find out what services are offered at a local family planning clinic and asked to rate their comfort level while there (and yes, they are asked to describe the way to get to the clinic).

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