When sexual education classes in the Montgomery County public schools were outsourced to the Rockville Pregnancy Center, an “evangelical, antiabortion clinic,” the education part of the class took a dramatic turn for the worse. Instead of actually learning about birth control or STD’s, Rockville high schoolers played edifying games like the “gum game,” where the students are forced to share the same piece of gum. They also play the “ex-lax game”:
In this game, students were handed squares of Hershey’s chocolate, but before they popped the candy, they were told that a few kids had instead received Ex-Lax laxatives. Still want to eat it? Few did, and, in fact, Tierney assures me that although this exercise “really freaks them out,” it is only a mind game designed to drive home the idea of random risk — no laxatives were distributed to students.
That’s tax dollars well spent.