All youth deserve a safe, inclusive, and effective learning environment. Safe Spaces for Teachers provides knowledge and skills to make that happen. I know this is true because I attended the class.

A recent letter to the editor claims that this class exposes children to graphic images of anatomy and promotes topics like sexual activity, homosexuality and abortion. As a past attendee, I can tell you that this is far from the truth.

Safe Spaces for Teachers focuses on positive development for all K-12 youth. We explored topics like consent, relationships, social media, body image, dating violence, and yes, even teen pregnancy. The instruction and content were rooted in best practices set forth by professional organizations such as the American Academy for Pediatrics, the National Education Association, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Instead of making assumptions about class content based on the instructor or organization, perhaps legislators should speak with real attendees to hear the value of Safe Spaces for Teachers. I can tell you that it’s an invaluable resource for educators in this state.

Naomi Thorson lives in Dickinson, N.D.

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