N.C. Senate Bill 279, passed by the N.C. House of Representatives last week in an almost unanimous 108-2 vote, could overturn several precedents set in the 2009 Healthy Youth Act if passed by the N.C. Senate. New requirements included in the bill state that information presented in sex ed classes can be peer reviewed and accepted by any experts — not just the sexual health experts identified in the 2009 act. Other provisions mandate sex trafficking awareness and prevention.
But Elizabeth Finley, spokeswoman for SHIFT N.C. — a nonprofit aiming to spread sexual health information — said it is hard to see the benefits of the bill.
She said some experts might not be as qualified as others to be included in sex ed curricula.
“What if you turned over engineering to a math expert?” she said. “Math is part of engineering, but it is not entirely, and it breaks down the beauty of the multidisciplinary aspect.”