The idea for What They Don’t Teach Teens (publishing April 7, 2020 by Quill Driver Books) arose when Jonathan’s wife requested that when the time comes for their children’s sexual activity, they firmly teach them that “no means no.” Of course, Jonathan agreed but wondered whether this was still “the standard” since it was the same motto he’d been taught as a teen. It turns out it’s not. Instead, we should be teaching our teenagers to practice affirmative sexual consent (“yes means yes”). It got Jonathan thinking about what other lessons our teens needed and weren’t getting, and What They Don’t Teach Teens was born.
What They Don’t Teach Teens is a contemporary personal safety guide to keep teens from becoming victims—physically, digitally or emotionally—and from victimizing others. It contains potential life- and liberty-saving information, straightforward instruction, and recent news stories of bad things happening to good teens that illustrate the lessons being taught.
Written in gender-neutral language so its concepts can most effectively translate to all teens regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, What They Don’t Teach Teens is the class that’s missing from every American high school.