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Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year - Part III: Pages 165 through 185 Summary & Analysis

Esmé Raji Codell
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Part III: Pages 165 through 185 Summary and Analysis

May 22: Codell has to teach sex ed, and she is uncomfortable about it. She must show an old, corny filmstrip, a cartoon of goldfish mixing eggs and sperm. This cartoon results in more confusion than clarification, with one girl, JoEllen, asking if she is going to lay an egg.

Afterwards, Codell has a frank discussion about topics like birth control, homosexuality, and abortion. She makes sure to preface each of her answers with something like "From my point of view" so the children are clear it's her own opinion. Codell has a socially liberal point of view, and so she will not, for example, condemn homosexuality or preach strict abstinence before marriage.

May 23: B.B. acts up once again, grumbling and cursing. Codell tells him he is acting like a jerk, and she later apologizes for using the term...

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