WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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coming years. "The scenarios are very realis- tic," says John Mulryan, a health teacher at Wellesley High School. "For example, what happens if my partner is ready to engage in sex and I'm not? How do they feel about that? They can really relate to that and because they have practiced it before, they have the language to use should they need it." This component also resonated with the Weston Public Schools. "Any effective human sexuality program needs to be grounded in a relational context," observes Finnegan. Some students wish that the sce- narios were even more intense: "I would like to role play even more important, high stress situations, "says a Wellesley tenth grade girl, referring to her eighth grade class. "It would be helpful to actually practice what to say when you are put on the spot." The idea that students can imagine being immersed in very difficult circumstances reit- erates the challenge for teachers. "The kids are ready for this curriculum; they can handle it. They aren't shocked by it. They are hungry for information," says Mulryan. Given that the dark, underside of every variant of sexual- ity is only a few clicks away gives urgency to educators who do daily battle with misinfor- mation. "After a certain age, you can't control what they see on the Web," says Sciera. "You have to balance it somewhere with informa- tion that is factual and current and accurate." Both Wellesley and Weston use anonymous question boxes where students can submit 116 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 "The kids are ready for this curriculum; they can handle it." % J o h n M u l r y a n / H e a l t h Te a c h e r a t W e l l e s l e y H i g h S c h o o l C O U R T E S Y O F P L A N N E D P A R E N T H O O D L E A G U E O F M A S S A C H U S E T T S "Get Real" About Sex Education

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