Education: How Much Do They Know?

"There's nothing they're not aware of but a lot they don't know," muses New York City Assistant Principal Herbert Silkowitz. What was true a generation ago is true today: children know both too much and not enough about sex. Now it's just more of the same, at a younger age, with misinformation running wild.

This is hardly a surprise, considering where children get their concepts about sex. Three-fifths of teenagers pick them up from friends or "on their own," according to a 1985 Planned Parenthood poll, while only a third get their information from parents or school. Pornography is part of...

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