Strong majority support teaching sex ed in schools - 168 citizens

May 09, 2015

Recently, the NH Senate passed HB 332, which will require schools to give parents advance notice if any course material will deal with human sex or sexuality. The bill speaks to the larger issue as to whether sex education should be taught in schools, which is why the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members their opinion on the question “Should sex ed be taught in NH schools?” on May 9. 

“Should sex ed be taught in NH schools?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Sex Ed NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 168 participants gave 380 responses

A total of 84% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 380 responses from 168 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 74%, were in favor of teaching sex ed in schools.

  • “It's a basic part of being a human and every school should be teaching it.”
  • “There are way too many parents who do not provide any sex education at all.”

No: A minority, at 26% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to teaching sex ed in schools.

  • “It is the schools’ job to educate as far as math, English, science, history. It is my job to teach my children the rest.”
  • “The school needs to stay out of our personal lives.”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Data to support the efficacy of sex education in reducing teen pregnancies.
  • The role of the government: "If parents stopped relinquishing their personal responsibilities to the government, this would not be a question."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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