Posts tagged sex ed
Posts tagged sex ed
High school science teacher Tim McDaniel is being investigated by Idaho’s professional standards commission because he allegedly used the word “vagina” while teaching a 10th grade biology lesson on reproduction and anatomy.
According to a report from the Times-News, four parents complained to school officials after learning that McDaniel explained the biology of an orgasm and used the word “vagina” during a lesson on human reproduction in his sophomore science class.
A disciplinary letter from the Idaho State Department of Education also accused McDaniels of showing a video clip in class depicting an infection of genital herpes and teaching about different forms of birth control. The letter also alleges that McDaniels told inappropriate jokes in class.
McDaniel also found himself in hot water for asking his students to write a critical response paper on climate change after showing them “An Inconvenient Truth.”
But his students are defending him, arguing in a petition that parents from their conservative community in Dietrich are trying to push a political agenda by getting their biology teacher fired:
“[T]here are a couple people in the community that are trying to get Mr. McDaniel fired for teaching the reproductive system, climate change, and several other science subjects. All these subjects were taught from the book and in good taste. He cares for each of his students and goes the extra mile to help them all. Now is the time for us to help by supporting him!”
For his part, McDaniel is perplexed by the accusations, telling the Times-News: “I teach straight out of the textbook, I don’t include anything that the textbook doesn’t mention. But I give every student the option not attend this class when I teach on the reproductive system if they don’t feel comfortable with the material.”
“This sort of thing makes you worry about what you teach,” he added. “That’s not right.”
There are no words for how ridiculous this is.
What kind of message are we sending young women when we reprimand faculty for using the standard term for our genitalia? Shame. We are telling them that they should be ashamed of their bodies. What a crock of shit.
I made a thing
I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT KATHLEEN WYNNE.
People who believe in “purity rings” and virginity pledges are more likely to avoid learning about sex and how to protect themselves because they think they won’t have sex until they’re married (because no one tells them that learning about sex and protecting yourself is necessary after marriage, too) so when they actually DO have sex, they are less prepared and less educated than other people their age.
times telling people “no seriously, just don’t have sex” has worked:
- getting back together
- seriously though it’s never worked, plenty of folks have tried it, for realz, it never works and maybe as a species we should start thinking about alternatives like birth control or something
The Pawnee Sun is calling me Loose-ly Grope.
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This is one of the main problems with pro-choice rhetoric for me.
This person shouldn’t feel guilty for not feeling guilty, but even pro-choice people claim that “no one wants an abortion” or “we need to work on making abortion less necessary” as though it’s some awful thing.
This feeds the pro-life idea that people shouldn’t get abortions because they’re immoral, if even pro-choicers believe it’s some awful thing you need to feel bad about.
ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY.
My position on this is that I think abortion is awesome because it allows pregnant people to not be pregnant anymore if they want.
However, I will always fight to have comprehensive sex ed and accessible, affordable contraception, because unwanted pregnancies can suck a lot. Abortion is a wonderful and perfectly acceptable way out, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work to educate people and make contraception more available.
In fact, I would say that reducing the instances of unwanted pregnancy seems to be an activity engaged in way more by pro-choice people than by “pro-life” people, because “pro-life” people don’t have any strategies that are proven to be effective.
No matter how strong a person’s views, sometimes it’s not just black and white. We confronted Pro-choicers and Pro-lifers with difficult situations concerning abortion and their conflicting views made them realize a grey area DOES exist between the 2. Take a look!
[The film shows scenarios, such as “college student in debt is pregnant,” with two categories underneath saying “yes on abortion,” “no on abortion.”]
You’re drawing a false parallel. The pro-choice side doesn’t yes on abortion or no on abortion, it says, “whatever the pregnant person wants” on abortion.
The grey area you’re showing is the assumptions people make about, for example, HIV-positive people, and whether people feel they would abort in those scenarios.
That said? I like a lot of what you did.
Yeah, my first question would have been “Does this person want to have an abortion?” Because as a pro-choice person, that’s what matters to me.
I really like the guy at 1:45. He had the right response to this. He was uncomfortable with making that decision for someone else. He gets thumbs up from me.
The main problem I have with this video is them contributing to the stigmatization of people with HIV. It is quite possible for people with HIV to give birth without transmitting it to their child, given proper medical treatment. The people in this video had an instant aversion to the idea of HIV, which is understandable, but can be fixed with education, which the people doing the experiment could have done. HIV doesn’t actually transfer very easily if you practice safe sex, you’re not going to get it from touching someone who is HIV-positive, and it’s not something that is automatically transferred to a fetus during pregnancy or birth (20% chance of transmission, which is raised to 35% if the baby is breastfed). With proper medical care this risk is reduced to 1%. I wish they wouldn’t have said that the fetus with automatically have HIV, because the real world doesn’t work that way, and it perpetuates a harmful fear of people who are HIV-positive.
WOULD IRON MAN GO INTO BATTLE WITHOUT HIS SUIT?
WOULD CAPTAIN AMERICA GO INTO BATTLE WITHOUT HIS SHIELD?
WOULD THOR GO INTO BATTLE WITHOUT HIS HAMMER?
NEXT TIME YOU HERO UP, MAKE SURE YOU USE PROTECTION.
LOL, Ladies and gentlemen, the actual best thing ever.
Canada’s teen birth and abortion rate drops by 36.9 per cent
Better access to contraception, higher quality sex education and shifting social norms have contributed to a 36.9 per cent decline in Canada’s teen birth and abortion rate between 1996 and 2006, according to a report released today by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada.
America’s emphasis on abstinence-only sex ed “tends to result in a higher percentage of teens becoming pregnant,” as does the country’s lack of universal health care. Poverty is another factor.
Among the four countries compared for 2006, Canada boasted the lowest teen birth and abortion rate per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 (27.9), followed by Sweden (31.4), England/Wales (60.3), and the United States (61.2).
THIRTY-SEVEN PERCENT DECREASE? Goddamn. How much more proof will people need before they realize how ineffective Abstinence-Only sex education is?
It doesn’t matter how much evidence we have. Zealots will cling to their beliefs.
This reminds me of the LA high school where they cut teen pregnancies by two-thirds after putting a Planned Parenthood on campus. Sex ed works, abstinence doesn’t.
Click on the picture for the article.