Does porn belong in sex education?

If sex education in public schools weren’t already controversial enough, it is even more so because of the debate over the place of pornography (“Ignoring Pornography Won’t Make It Go Away,” The New York Times, June 15).  The argument for its inclusion is that most teenagers watch sex videos. Therefore, it should be part of the curriculum.

If so, does that mean actually displaying porn in class?  After all, teachers routinely use visuals as part of their instruction. Is porn an exception?  These are the kind of questions that need to be answered before proceeding.

I believe much depends on parental buy-in.  If they are comfortable with their children’s viewing porn, then there is no problem. But I doubt that will ever happen because sex in general and porn in particular will always cause an uproar.

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