June 22nd, 2009

Media Monday: The Education of Shelby Knox

What does comprehensive sex education look like?  And more importantly, how could it change the way teens think  about sex in their own lives?  These questions are critical at a time when “abstinence-only” education is on the rise and our country is in flux over reproductive choice.

The Education of Shelby Knox is a documentary that confronts these questions head on.  It’s a profile of Shelby Knox, a fifteen year old Christian girl in Lubbock, Texas whose attempts to bring comprehensive sex education to her high school directly challenge the “abstinence-only” rhetoric promoted by her school, her community and her family.

It’s a great documentary that chronicles the difficulties of her campaign and illustrates just how deeply the personal is political and how hard it can be to change beliefs (and curriculum) that is wrapped up in years of personal conviction.

Watch the trailer:

The Education of Shelby Knox [P.O.V website]

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