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Sex Education: Does It Reflect The World We Live In?

U.S. Department of Education

Guest host Jamyla Krempel sits in for Tom Hall today for a conversation about sexual education. In the era of the “Me Too” movement – with its steady stream of stories about actors, politicians, clergy, executives, people in virtually every profession being accused of sexual assault, is sex ed teaching students about how power can be used to hurt others, and about the importance of consent? Have schools updated their curricula to reflect students’ gender identity and sexual orientation?

Dr. Patricia Paluzzijoins Jamyla in Studio A. She is the president and CEO of Healthy Teen Networka national organization headquartered here in Baltimore that focuses on improving the health and well-being of teenagers. Healthy Teen Network is a partner in the #HealthyTeen18 Design Challenge which invites educators and students to recommend ways sex ed can include better conversations around sex and pleasure.

Tamara Millsis the coordinator of instruction for Worcester County Public Schools. She joins Jamyla on the line from the Eastern Shore.

In Part Two of the show, Jamyla is joined in studio by three guests:

Deborah Roffmanis a sexuality educator, consultant and author, based here in Baltimore. She has taught human sexuality education at the Park School for more than 35 years. Her latest book is “Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex.” Time Magazine named her one of the “Top Parenting Experts for the 21st Century. ”

Valerie Pasquale is a community health educator with Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

Dominique Therman is a sophomore at the Baltimore School for the Arts and a peer educator for Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

Part Two of this show was livestreamed on Facebook.  To see that video, click here.

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Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.