The 21st Show

Debate over sex ed in Illinois public schools


In 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) signed a law making Illinois to become the first state to officially adopt new national sexual education standards. However, the Keep Youth Safe and Healthy Act has raised some eyebrows. Advocates feel like this is a step in the right direction because children should learn early on how to express themselves and their sexuality. But critics say the lessons are too explicit. One group called a Gov. Pritzker 'a groomer' for signing the Act into law.

Our host Brian Mackey is joined by Christine Harley, Alex Liu, and Steve Wilder. Three individuals who have varying perspectives about sexual education in schools. 


Christine Harley

CEO, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

Alex Liu

Co-Founder, Herra Productions 

Stephen Wilder 

Superintendent, Sycamore Community School District 427