Bias concerns about sex education in New York.

Here. An excerpt:

In some districts, students learn that HIV/AIDS will kill them within three years. Another district used material which defined the vagina as a “sperm deposit.” Two-thirds do not depict or label external female genitalia. In fact, much of the teaching was centered around boy’s bodies rather than girl’s bodies.

Statistics show 45 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls in New York’s high schools are sexually active, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One-third of sexually active boys don’t use condoms and 80 percent of girls don’t take birth control.

Twenty-eight percent of districts did not teach students about sexual assault or rape and 42 percent didn’t teach them about sexual harassment. Gay students are largely ignored in the sex education materials and sex is almost exclusively discussed as being between males and females. The most commonly used textbook preaches abstinence-only methods for students and another common textbook acknowledges only “traditional” marriage of a man and woman.

In Schenectady, the materials teach students that same-sex attraction is a reason to seek counseling. In Albany, material stated a young lady was certain she had contracted HIV because she had sex with a man who had previously engaged in homosexual activity.

The report also found that students are largely grouped by simplistic gender stereotypes.

In Shenendehowa, for instance, an article included in the materials states: “Girls are thinking about nesting, looking for long term relationships. But boys are looking for mating, physical release, and then going on to something else.”

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