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P.O.V. talked to teens around the country from California to New Jersey to get their take on sex and sex education.


Fifteen-year-old Shelby Knox, a native of Lubbock, Texas, pledged celibacy until marriage. But she also spearheads a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools, opposing the established "abstinence-only" curriculum.

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Rosenblatt and Lipschutz talk about how their perspective — two liberal New Yorkers filming in the conservative Bible Belt — changed after making the Education of Shelby Knox.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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The Education of Shelby Knox (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 21, 2005

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmakers: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Media Alert: 2005 Sundance Film Festival Selection


Marion Lipschutz
Marion Lipschutz
Rose Rosenblatt
Rose Rosenblatt

What an intelligent, articulate, dedicated kid! Congratulations to her for working so hard & speaking out so forcefully on her issue, especially when so many people were trying to squelch her. I can't wait to see what she tackles next - it's people like her who make a difference in this world.”

— Jeanette, Milwaukee, WI


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Critical Acclaim

Shelby Knox is a brave, smart, independent high-school-age crusader for sex education in Lubbock, Texas. The movie is a pungent civics lesson on what can and cannot be accomplished by one plucky, idealistic girl.”

— Stephen Holden
The New York Times

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