Via the cinetrix comes the news that the PBS show, P.O.V., will be airing the documentary, The Education of Shelby Knox (on Atlanta’s PBS Channel 8, it will be airing at midnight on Thursday night, but local times may vary, as they say).
The documentary is about Lubbock, Texas, teenager Shelby Knox, who campaigned for three years to have a more thorough sex education program included as part of the public high school curriculum. According to the New York Times, Knox defies stereotypes for a sex ed champion, who is described as “a conservative Christian teenager and warrior princess for comprehensive — as opposed to abstinence-only — sex education.” Virginia Heffernan of The New York Times has further details on Knox’s story.
As a former teenage fundamentalist, I find these stories fascinating, especially given my frustration at “abstinance only” advocates at my parents’ church and at the college I attended (though it’s important to note that these institutions are rarely as homogeneous as they might seem from the outside or even from the POV of a disenchanted soul like me), but it sounds like this doc is particularly effective at asking the right questions about sex education. The film has already received quite a bit of acclaim, winning the Emerging Pictures audience award at the Full Frame documentary film festival earlier this year.