So one of my circle of friends is well connected within this town. And being a small town, it's who you know. She's a liberal as well, although I cloak better than she does. ;)
So awhile back, we were talking about the clinic and how I'm delivering these 13 and 14 year olds. Because of the overwhelming conservatism in this area, sex ed here is abstinence only and starts in the HIGH SCHOOL. I pointed out that I'm delivering 6th and 7th graders, maybe something needs to change.
So my friend hooked me up with the curriculum coordinators from the various school systems around here. I was pleasantly surprised that they were at least willing to listen to me and my suggestions. They want data on why abstinence only should be stopped. But it's a start. They also were surprised to hear that basic sex ed should be in elementary school...
My daughter is in 4th grade right now. I look at her and her classmates and know that I'll be seeing some of them within a few years. So, yeah, I'm a bit passionate about this.
And, yes, I practice what I preach and my children are aware of the basics. Correct names are used for anatomy.