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Sex education teacher Shayna Knowles gestures during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. (Alan Diaz/AP)
Sex education teacher Shayna Knowles gestures during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. (Alan Diaz/AP)
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Here's one of those things that's oftentimes just so difficult — or uncomfortable — to talk about with your kids: sex.

But, forging paths to better, healthier communication between parents and young people is at the heart of a new sex education curriculum in 175 Massachusetts schools.

It's called "Get Real". Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts developed the curriculum.

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Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She tweets @commonhealth.

Jen Slonaker, vice president of education and training at the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, which tweets @PPAdvocacyMA.

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CommonHealth: I Never Expected To Love My Kids’ Sex Ed Course, But I Do

  • "I’d read that parents can be a powerful force for smarts about sex, so I’d tried to script imaginary heart-to-hearts. But in my head, they all sounded like this: 'Please don’t do these incredibly stupid things that I did when I was young.'"

This segment aired on August 31, 2015.

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