Opinion: Connecticut needs comprehensive sex education – The Connecticut Mirror

by | May 12, 2022 | Education

I have been exceptionally lucky as a sexual health educator to have worked in LGBTQ+ inclusive and sex-positive environments. However, working in these settings has also made it painfully obvious how lacking the sex education folks have received before coming to us really is.

Many clients are seriously undereducated on sexual health and wellness, which reflects poorly on the systems we have in place to educate young people on sexuality.

It’s well-known that sex education is inconsistent in quality between towns and states. Curricula range from abstinence-only programs to comprehensive, LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual health education. Many states (including Connecticut) don’t require sex education at all; over half the states that do mandate sex ed have no requirements about its medical accuracy.

I am one of those people that did not receive comprehensive sexual health education at my school. I attended Oxford High School, in Oxford. My school was brand new the year I attended. With that, one might think a brand new, high quality health curriculum would follow. That was not the case. I received exactly zero hours of sex education at school.

Luckily, I have parents who taught me pretty early on about healthy sexuality. Not everyone has the good fortune I did. Many people I talk to say that their home education was nonexistent on the topic of sex. Others report being given outdated, false, o …

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