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Every year, speakers from Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization that does research and gives advice on contraception, family planning, and reproductive problems, come and talk to TVT students to educate them on Sex Ed. Starting from 6th grade (with the exception of one or two presentations to the 4th and 5th grade), students are lectured for an hour about various topics such as bullying, safe sex, STD’s, and much more. Although no teachers are present in the room, at times, this still gets uncomfortable for the students. Talking to complete strangers about serious topics can get pretty awkward at some points. Is it possible that some ages shouldn’t be exposed to material and topics like this?

Parents are always looking out for the well-being of their child and they might think that at the age of 11,students don’t need to be exposed to discussions like this. There is a debate about what is the appropriate age for these discussions to begin for students. When asked why should students start getting presentations from Planned Parenthood at a younger age, Mrs. Wolf responded by saying, “It’s important for students to understand these changes during puberty and as a school, we have a responsability to educate and teach the students about Sex Ed.”

Not only does the faculty believe in these ethics, but some students do as well. Sophomore Isaac A says that he believes there is a significance in Planned Parenthood coming to TVT, yet he believes lectures should start in 7th grade, when the students are more mature and will be needing these life lessons.

Planned Parenthood has been presenting at TVT for a few years and I am sure that they will continue to for many years to come.

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