Sex Education

JIMMY GUTIERREZ

New Hampshire schools do not have a formal sex education curriculum, and the classroom is not the only way kids learn about sex, gender, and sexuality these days. So how are they learning about sex, and what are they learning, good and bad, from their peers, their parents, and the internet? Listeners, how do you talk to your kids about sex? And what did you wish you had when you were younger? 

Check out Second Greatest Show on Earth's series about sex education in New Hampshire

Air date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Jimmy Gutierrez

Regardless of their formal sex education, teenagers at the beginning of their social and romantic lives often turn to each other for information. In the second episode of The Second Greatest Show on Earth’s series on sex ed in New Hampshire, we hear directly from teens about how they are navigating consent, porn, masculinity, and femininity.  

This is the second episode in our two-part series on sex education. Listen to the first installment here.

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As the country engages in conversations around sex, consent, and masculinity, The Second Greatest Show on Earth investigates questions about sex education in New Hampshire.

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  Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation requiring schools to give parents two weeks’ notice before teaching sex education.

Sununu says the bill is consistent with his “longtime support” for measures that “empower” parents’ involvement in their kids’ education.

At least 22 states require parental notification before teaching sex or HIV education. New Hampshire’s bill will not require parental consent, but parents can opt their children out of certain lessons.

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A bill that would require parents to get advance notice before sex-related course material is taught in the classroom has passed the state Senate and now heads to the Governor.

 

Parents would get advance notice before their children learn about sex in schools under a bill up for a vote in the New Hampshire House.

House lawmakers are voting on several bills Thursday related to education. One would require school districts to provide parents at least two weeks' notice about certain subject material, including material related to human sexuality and reproduction.

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Concepts of gender are shifting in workplaces, schools and public bathrooms across America. But how about on the track, or court or pool where athletes compete as male or female?  Today, how new Olympics guidelines define gender, and a fair fight.

And later in the show, an upset among the dignified crosswords puzzles set! We'll find out why the New York Times puzzle makers are being called tone-deaf. 

Sex in the Sea, A Musical Conspiracy, & Killer Heels

Feb 12, 2016
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Valentine's Day is a time for gifts, romance, and...well...intimacy. Today word of mouth celebrates the day with a look at how it's done under the sea, including the tender mating rituals of lobsters.

We'll also find out why maintaining a sex-positive environment is so important to sea life.

Plus, a conversation with the curator of "Killer Heels" a new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art showcasing the rich history and evolving design of high heels.

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As schools across the country struggle to meet the new national common core standards, one controversial aspect of education is not part of the curriculum: sex education. On today’s show: the evolving debate around sex ed, and why it’s not strictly an American phenomenon. Plus, from false confessions to inadequate defenses, wrongful convictions can happen for many reasons. We’ll look at faulty eyewitness testimonies, the number one contributing cause of wrongful convictions.

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As schools across the country struggle to meet the new national common core standards, one controversial aspect of education is not part of the curriculum: sex education. On today’s show, the evolving debate around sex ed, which is not strictly an American phenomenon.

Then, parental leave has been shown to benefit infant health and early development, but Jennifer Senior argues that if we truly care about our kids’ well-being, the policy should not stop after the first 12 weeks.

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Social media sites are teeming with sexual imagery, jokes, and questionable content. Yet their official policies prevent sex-ed organizations from crafting a message that might actually resonate with the people who need it.

On today’s show, are social media sites censoring sex-ed?  Plus, our series Good Gig continues with a lighting pro who’s illuminated everything from Olympic ceremonies to Super Bowl half-time shows.  

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