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New sex ed curriculum adds some new protection to SFUSD schools

by Lauren Nieto

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SFUSD is getting a new curriculum for the sex ed department. The old curriculum was flawed and not in depth. A man named Chris Pepper helped work on this new curriculum that was introduced in fall of 2013. The curriculum is trying to be pushed so it is implemented in every high school health class in San Francisco.

SFUSD was introduced to a new curriculum back in the fall of 2013. It’s called “Be Real. Be Ready.” Which holds a number of new topics such as gender rolls, healthy relationships, how to plan a first date.

The curriculum also covers building a positive relationship based on honesty, equality, mutual desire and fun. Abraham Lincoln high school had these topics already covered but the SFUSD school’s all around had various lessons.

As SFUSD schools covered LGBTQ issues the new curriculum covers a wider spread of LGBTQ by talking about what it means to be an ally. Thoroughly covering sexual anatomy, physiology and development. That means talking about menstruation, masturbation and the sexual response cycle and what’s “normal”.

One of our sex ed teachers, Ms. Mayer already touched on such topics said above but it needs to be sure that all SFUSD schools teach these new lessons as it’s crucial to San Francisco’s youth.

Mayer and Pepper both teach in depth classes, one that should surely be implemented in all SFUSD schools. Both classes cover topics such as the menstrual cycle and how to deal with cramps and irregular periods.

Pepper says “I think teenagers need good tools to help them clarify their own emotions, and time to practice communicating their feelings to others.”

Just like Mayer’s class, Pepper’s teachings include stress-busting techniques, such as guided relaxation, meditation, and yoga. He also gives students a chance to try them out.

Mayer and Pepper teach depression the same, know the signs and to look out for each other. They make sure students know how to access the Wellness Center.

Pepper says that he talks about consent. “Consent is a big part of our curriculum. We partner with a program from SF City College, Expect Respect, and for a multi-day presentation about healthy, mutually satisfying relationships. We are also pretty clear that not every romantic relationship has to include sex.”

All SFUSD schools are being pushed to have a curriculum as strong as Mayer’s and Pepper’s. Students need to be informed about the risks they’re taking when it comes to sex, stress, help, and consent.
When the new curriculum is implemented in all schools around San Francisco, the Bay Area will look towards a brighter future.
    

 

 

Advice Column

by Liping Huang

Lincoln Log staffer Apple Dude gives out advice to the students of Lincoln, advice ranging from escaping the friendzone to wowing your girlfriend’s parents with the ancient Chinese art of not being a douche. Have questions about making friends with people other than your mother? Email the Log with your questions at lincolnlogpaper@gmail.com


What do you do when you don't like your boyfriend's friends?


     You’re not forced to be friends with any of your partner’s friends. This isn’t North Korea, and the corpulent, evil dictator Kim Jong Un is not making you be friends with someone you don’t like. But at least try to acknowledge or be courteous to your boothang’s friends.
A reason your boyfriend is friends with his friends is probably because he has probably known them for years, while you maybe don’t know them so well. You probably only know the weird superficial attributes about his friends, like their compulsive love for “Yu-Gi-Oh” or other things you dislike. It doesn’t hurt to try to be friends with your boyfriend’s friends.

 
     Make an effort to know each other. They love “Yu-Gi-Oh?” Great, throw down some cards and send each other to the shadow realm. They adore Korean pop music? Awesome sauce, ask who’s their favorite artist and maybe Sungkyu from “Infinite” is a total babe. Or if that doesn’t work out and you hate their interests and everything, don’t yuck their yum.


     If you’re faced with a situation where you’re unfortunately forced to interact with your boyfriend’s friends, don’t be a complete butthole. Pretend they’re your drunk relatives at a family reunion. You can laugh at their jokes and talk to them, or move away from them to avoid any interaction or spills of red wine. Either talk to your boyfriend’s friends and risk actually being friends, or you don’t. Just don’t be a total hater.

 


What do I do after getting in huge trouble at school?

     Sometimes you feel like the entire Milky Way is on your shoulders after dealing with problems in school. It’s easy to just blame yourself or someone else for something unfavorable that happened. But you have to take whatever happened: a fight, cheating on a test, or hurting someone, as a learning experience. You did something wrong, and hopefully you won’t ever want to do it again.


     Maybe you punched someone and you got in serious trouble. Your mom or dad is looking at you in the deans office with this disappointing look that the man upstairs would give to a person who steals from the homeless. So you swear on the old and new gods, God, Allah, Buddha, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster: “Never will I have to be in a room with the dean and my parents ever again, except for graduation.”


     Life gives you lemons, and sometimes you take the lemons that aren’t that good for you. You make lemonade out of the gross lemons for someone, and someone pukes. To make up for it, you try again and make some of the best tasting lemonade you could ever make. My point is that the lemon anecdote is very versatile, and that just because an unfavorable situation happened, doesn’t mean you can’t redeem yourself.  
If you’ve wronged someone in some way and you feel particularly bad about it: apologize. Some may say,  “But Apple Dude, apologizing means I’m weak and I don’t even lift.” Not totally true. It isn’t going to be easy though. You’re acknowledging that you’re some dude or dudette, who made a hurtful mistake, and you feel bad that that  mistake hurt someone. It takes lots of cajones to man up to what you have done wrong.
Although it seems like everything crappy that happens in life is part of some freaky anecdote, you’ll learn. Everything will eventually be okay.