Iâ€™m in a high school classroom talking to Lisa. (Iâ€™ve changed her name and the names of all the students mentioned in this article.) Lisaâ€™s hair is dyed black and purple, and she has numerous piercings, including one in her lower lip that bounces as she talks to me.
â€śI broke up with my boyfriend because of this class,â€ť she says.
The class is Introduction to Psychology, and the school is Redlands High School in Redlands, California. Lisaâ€™s teacher is Char Kamper, who uses a curriculum called Connections that she developed to teach students about dating, relationships and marriage.
â€śWhen did you break up with him?â€ť I ask.
â€śThree days ago,â€ť Lisa says, and then she looks me straight in the eye. â€śI realized he only called me when he wanted one thing.â€ť