New York will start teaching mandatory sex education classes in an effort to reduce teen pregnancies.
For the first time in nearly two decades, New York City schools will start teaching mandatory sex education classes to all middle and high school students.
Michael Watson is a perfect example of why the Bloomberg Administration wants to put sex education in every middle and high school.
Six years after becoming a father at age 16, Watson is homeless. So are his ex-girlfriend and their little boy. He's unemployed and while he's learned some life lessons he says he's still never had any meaningful sex education.
Michael says "not your parents and not school? I learned from TV."
New York Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says "we want to help kids to delay the onset of sexual activity and if they choose do that in a healthy way."
It's all part of Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to reach young black and latino men and improve their chances of success.
Linda Gibbs says "the consequences for them of those decisions as well as for their children are tremendous. "
And in many cases for grandparents like Helen Mack.
Helen says "at least they're get how to protect. produces children which somebody has to take responsibility for."
83 teens per 1,000 get pregnant here.
Planned parenthood says age appropriate sex education should be taught every year. The city's plan would offer it once in middle school once in high school.
Joan Malin of Planned Parenthood says "as they get older their questions would be different the information you would want to provide would be different."
John Trevellini says "I think most of that stuff should be taught in the home by parents grandparents I have a hard time thinking of the government interfering in the personal lives."
The archdiocese said "teaching grade school children about sex and condom use is troubling" arguing even free condom giveaways in schools haven't helped.
The curriculum would cover contraception, and abstinence. And parents who don't approve can opt out. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that 41% of New York City youth said they were sexually active by the 9th grade and 58% by the 12th grade.