Dear Ohio: HB 616 – Good Sex Education or Other People’s Prejudices?


The concept of birds and bees was a simplified, symbolic way of explaining sex to young people, but today’s sexuality is a more diverse and complicated topic. With greater knowledge of the diversity of sexuality, there are more questions, such as what is the appropriate age to discuss what topics, and how involved should educators be in the discussions.

Bills in various states that some have considered “Don’t Say Gay” bills limit when and how children learn about sex. The bills also raise questions about diversity, tolerance and inclusion. Ohio House Bill 616 is one such bill. Curtis Jackson sits down with Eva Goldfarb and Lisa Lieberman, professors of public health at Montclair State University, to discuss how and why a solid foundation in sex education for young college students is important in the long run.

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