Politicians, Parents, Up In Arms Over Proposed NYC Sex Ed Curriculum

After drastic changes were proposed for New York City public high school and middle school sexual education classes, some politicians and parents are enraged over the content those changes would include.

One main cause of concern? The fact that the curriculum asks students to refer to Columbia University's website Go Ask Alice for information on questions surrounding topics ranging from phone sex to vibrators and bestiality, the Washington Post reported.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) called the changes "explicit and graphic," the Post reported, mostly because of the inclusion of the website.

The New York Daily News reports that Reps. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) and Michael Grim (R-S.I., Brooklyn) have joined the NYC Parents' Choice Coalition in their efforts to lobby instead for an abstinence-based program.

"Parents had no say in this mandate," Turner told the Daily News "The Archdiocese of New York, Orthodox Jewish groups, Muslims, many are saying this is a sensitive and delicate subject, and they want more say in what is taught."

CNN notes that Department Of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said the new curriculum isn't leaving out abstinence, only including other things as well.

"Abstinence is a very important part of the curriculum," he said in a statement. "But we also have a responsibility to ensure that teenagers who are choosing to have sex understand the potential consequences of their actions."

According to reports, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in favor of the reforms.

"We have a responsibility, when you have an out of wedlock birthrate and a sexually transmitted disease rate that we have in this city, to try to do something about it," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN. "Shame on us if we don't."

While the NYC Parents' Choice Coalition continues to rally against the changed curriculum, the NYC Department of Education is mandating that all schools have a sex ed curriculum by the spring of 2012.