Mandatory Sex-Ed Classes Returning To New York City Public Schools

Starts In Spring With 6th Graders; Catholic League Expresses Strong Opposition

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After 20 years, mandatory sex education is back in New York City public schools.

Starting in the spring, kids as young as 11 will be learning about the birds and bees, even how to use condoms.

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reports, some parents are worried about the sex-ed mandate, saying the Department of Education is rushing into it.

“I had a health class but sex was not one of the topics in my health class,” 17-year-old high school senior Kaya Simmons told Carlin on Wednesday.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports:Learning About The Birds And The Bees

Simmons said he had zero sex education in his city public schools, but it will soon be mandatory for all students in sixth or seventh grades, with another round of it in ninth or 10th grades.

“The goal is we want to help young people make better decisions about sex,” Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.

The topics abstinence, using condoms, unplanned pregnancies and STDs, are currently taught in some city schools, but not all.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Sex-Ed Is Back

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League said mandatory sex-ed is wrong and should not be rushed into the schools without public hearings.

“The entire idea is culturally irresponsible and morally insane,” Donahue said. “Our kids cannot even read and write according to standard and now you are going to take more time out of the classroom to talk about this?”

Some angry parents said they want to see all the lesson plans ahead of time. They are worried what will be taught to sixth graders could be too adult.

“If they don’t have the curriculum all mapped out so they can tell me as a parent first what they are going to tell my child, yes, I have a problem with that,” said Wendy Barnolyons of the Bronx.

The instruction is based on recommended curriculums. Principals may consider those lesson plans, and also alter them.

“Parents who choose either for religious reasons or because they want it to be a conversation between themselves and the child … they can opt out,” Gibbs said.

But that still didn’t sit well with everyone.

“I think you’re taking away the innocence from the child,” one Washington Heights man told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane.

However, others were on board with the decision. Corinne Apton of Brooklyn said she’s happy for the extra help keeping her son, Max, in the know about sex, responsibility and staying safe.

“He is going into fifth grade so I have another year before middle school,” said Apton, adding when asked if starting in sixth grade is a better idea, “That’s fine by me. I have no problem with it.”

“They are going to learn it someday so it might as well be at school,” another man said.

“Kids need to be educated, whether they’re having sex or not,” one mother said.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said sex ed is an important part of a good education. Planned Parenthood of New York City also applauded the move.

“We are pleased to see the city finally taking action on this important issue,” said Joan Malin, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood. “For far too long, too many of New York’s young  people have been missing out on this vital information.”

Malin said she believes the mandate doesn’t go far enough and thinks sex education should be taught every year in every grade.

“Data show that when young people do have access to age-appropriate, comprehensive education — which can include abstinence, they tend to use protection and make better decisions about their health,” Malin told 1010 WINS.

The parental opt-out forms will be sent home with all students before the start of the spring semester. Teachers and principals are being brought up to speed on the new requirement and training classes for staff will be offered ahead of the first day of school.

What do you think? Let us know below…

  • Inwood

    If a parent wants to opt of having their child receive fact-based sex education, they should be required to sign a contract stating that if their child has a child, they (the grandparents) will raise the offspring to the age of 21 without a _penny_ of government assistance. If their kid contracts an STD, the parents’ insurance company should refuse to cover the cost of treatment. Willful refusal to take reasonable precautions–in this case, the provision of education–should not cost the taxpayers money.

    • Kansas Girl

      If a child who receives fact-based education has a child, the state should be required to pay for every penny needed to raise it. If the fact-based sex educated child has an STD the state should pay for treatment. Parents should not be penalized for the sexual activity brought about by fact-based sex education.

  • Adeyinka

    Charity begins at home,Bloomberg,ant the state govn,are using his office to destroy the minds of those kids at a very early age.I know where it will all lead to.Now that sodomy is ok,the next thing is to try to induce those kids into that lifestyle,at an early age.In this age of more deadly sexually trasmitted diseases,any decent society wil approach this sex topic as a delicate,potent,and serious undertaking.But that will nto going to be the case.

  • Annoyed

    Sec ed = putting condoms on bananas, and being told about STDs, which are never defined. It’s a waste of time.

    • juan epstein

      This is great that they bringing sex ed back .It is good because more teachers are having sex with there students anyway so now they can teach them the right way.

    • Ann

      what a waste of bananas!!!!

  • Linda


  • Vernon Hell

    Why does the Catholic League get so much airtime? It is just one laving lunatic sitting in an office who represents no one, not even the R.C. Church.

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  • itsnotme

    Reading the news lately, it seems like NYC teachers have already been teaching sex ed individually to students

  • Way To Go NYC

    Wonderful, kids can’t read at their own grade level, lag behind the whole world in math and science, but 11 year old kids will be able to f*ck a storm, and have no problem putting on a condom. Way to go NYC. Deeper and deeper into the abyss of that no morals mayor. Bloomberg modeled this city after his favorite cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. I for one am looking to leave this hellhole of a city as fast as I can.

  • iggy

    i’m sure EVERYONE will do their homework and extra credit work.

  • Jessica Jhons

    good point

  • stormin'Norman

    All of a sudden there is money to teach sex education when at the beginning of the summer there wasn’t enough money to have teachers teach the basics.




  • Millie

    This is just another way that the State of New York is slowly stripping parents of their right to raise their child(ren) the way that they want. It is the PARENT who should decide if they feel that their child (a) is mature enough to handle the content that will be taught, and (b) if they even want the school to educate their child on the matter of sex and sexual health. Just remember, not everyone holds the same beliefs and attitudes that you as the parent hold. Speak up and let your voice be heard.

    • Michael H.

      They’re sending out opt-out forms with every child. If you don’t want your kid in the class, they won’t be, so quit your rabble rousing. The problem is many parents don’t even bother to teach their children anything about sexuality and safe sex practices and these kids wind up completely lost or getting themselves into big trouble with STIs and pregnancies. Would you rather continue paying for the children of single teen mothers, or would you rather prevent them altogether by educating our youth on the consequences of their actions?

    • KPMc

      That’s why their is a parental opt-out option. Way to comprehend the story you just read!

  • Nick

    They didn’t print Bloomberg’s racist comment on how this will be good for the blacks and latinos as they’re too stupid to make good decisions right now.

    • Truth Be Told

      Nick, you’re right, that was a racist remark,

      I don’t see them mandating it to ALL NY schools every where, like including Westchester, long island, upstate. etc. why make mention only blacks and Latinos on most bad things going…

      What he is saying is that only blacks and Latinos are to blame for having illicit sex, early sex, or having sex of any kind. like the whites and all other races all over are not interested in sex just as well….don’t buy it!!

      He wants to donate millions to black and Latinos well fare so as to pacify the minority and so pass his sex ed agenda…..

      Truth be told, I like the mayor and don’t have anything against his school policy of sex ed. My gripe is with his racist remark and his not being fair or applying the policy consistently all over not just targeting some group or race…

      • Michael H.

        “I don’t see them mandating it to ALL NY schools every where, like including Westchester, long island, upstate. etc. why make mention only blacks and Latinos on most bad things going…”

        Is this a joke? This is a NYC program. None of those locations are within NYC.

      • KPMc


        Is your picture next to the word ‘gullible’ in the dictionary?

        Are you really that stupid that you believed Nick’s comment without even checking on it?

        I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Everyday I see people repeat BS stories they hear from their favorite biased news source or even worse from some loser’s blog.

        When did we stop thinking for ourselves?


      Bloomberg supports man on man relations 100%.

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