Via the Week:
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled sex education in American middle and high schools. He started with the basics. “Parental anger over sex ed is as much a staple of the school year as square pizza and one kid coming back from summer vacation with a mustache he’s way too proud of,” said Oliver, who did not attend U.S. schools. But “teaching sex ed in school is really important, for obvious reasons: No parent wants to talk to their kids about sex, and no kid wants to talk about sex with their parents.” When Last Week Tonight tried to learn what kids are learning in America’s schools, however, they ran into a wall: There are no standards for what to teach kids about sex, federally or sometimes even locally. Only 22 states require sex ed, Oliver noted, and only 13 require that the information be medically accurate. Viewers of this clip will get to see a lot of really bad sex-ed videos, and learn some discouraging statistics.
Did your school have sex ed? Mine sure didn’t.