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Read a professor of medicine’s outraged tweets from her son’s abstinence-only sex ed class

Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

Alice Dreger, a professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University, has written about the importance of honesty in sex education. So when she learned that her son's health class was abstinence-only, she went to see what they were being taught.

Her son let her join him in class, where she sat at the back of the room and live-tweeted the proceedings:

(There's much more of this on Dreger's Twitter timeline.)

The federal government spent $1.3 billion on abstinence-only sex education between 1996 and 2009, even though a federally funded study in 2007 found the approach had no effect on when students started having sex, whether they had safe sex, or how many partners they had.

Congress just voted to extend funding for the program through 2017.

Read more: 20 charts that explain how American kids learn about sex

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