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Al Vernacchio is a Sexuality Educator and English Teacher at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He has been in the teaching and consulting realm for more than two decades and beyond his role of teaching has developed seminar courses that span from the Holocaust to queer lifestyles. He is a member of many associations as well that broaden his experience in education, psychology, and sexuality. He is most noted for his book chapters and lesson plans on sexuality issues. This includes his article “Teaching Good Sex,” which was the cover story for the New York Times Magazine just last year as well as having the honor to be invited to speak at the TED2012 conference (www.psychologytoday.com) On top of these impressive accomplishments he has also dedicated a lot of time volunteering at a large AIDS-service organization, ActionAIDS. His article in the New York Times mentioned above is very extensive and delves into his Sexuality and Society class that he teaches to seniors and gives a background on sexuality education in America and what it looks like in his classroom. The article starts off with the baseball analogy to sex and continues to look at the different terms with a broad range of connotations. It then points out the uniqueness of the offering of Vernacchio’s course in the Quaker school and the history of sex education in schools and how it slowly went from abstinence-only to comprehensive sex education and is slowly evolving into a more open topic with today’s society changing so often. Based on the descriptions of some students in the class, the article points out that Mr. Vernacchio has a gift of talking about sex with ease and in a way that not only educates high school students about the subject but also makes them cognizant of their actions, past and present. To much surprise, there is little criticism of his class by the school or…...

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