Magazine article Mother Jones

The Education of Shelby Knox

Magazine article Mother Jones

The Education of Shelby Knox

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FILM

The Education of Shelby Knox

Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt.

InCite Pictures. 76 minutes.

Airs on PBS's P.O.V. June 21.

Lubbock, Texas, is the birthplace of Buddy Holly, a crucible of conservative Christianity, and a city with some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs in the country. But Lubbock, we learn from this stirring documentary, is also home to a remarkable teenager named Shelby Knox, who, in the course of filming, evolves from a compliant 15-year-old girl to a tough, compassionate young woman committed to social change.

Early in The Education of Shelby Knox, we watch Knox take a vow of "sexual purity" in front of her parents and her pastor. But she realizes that many of her classmates are sexually active and soon finds her calling: promoting comprehensive sex education in the "abstinence-only" Lubbock public schools. Her platform is a seat on the Lubbock Youth Commission, a city-funded group headed by her rival, a slick, budding politician named Corey Nichols. …

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