Originally Posted by ckblv
I'm sorry, I just don't buy it. Not in this day in age.
At the very least parents should have to give their permission for their kids to be in Sex Ed.
Generally, schools allow parents to opt their children out of certain things...biology dissections, the pledge of allegiance and comprehensive sex ed (which as multi-week "units" occurred in 5th, 7th and 10th grades) were the three my former school district allowed parents to have their say in. I got opted out of 2 of those...I'll give ya two guesses which but you'll only need one
My school district is in a rabidly conservative city, which is in a rabidly conservative county (DuPage, IL...second biggest donorship to the GOP and a LARGE Evangelical/Baptist following), so either my school district was scandalously progressive, or this is a norm in public schools.
And yeah, I STRONGLY believe that when kids get all of the facts (this is not to say moral direction, that is for the kids and parents to deal with for themselves) on sex and can make better choices for themsevles, we'll definitely have fewer abortions. People will finally take control of their fertility and we can work towards a country with a minimal abortion rate.
Now, my other question is....these kids are getting SEX thrown at them from a thousand different angles...pop culture, church, school, parents, friends....who exactly teaches them to have some self-respect when dealing with their bodies and sexuality? THat's the one wild card that no one seems concerned with. The more "progressive" people seem to leave it out favoring "just facts" and the right/religious people basically shame these kids into thinking sex is forbidden/dirty/bad (until you're married, of course, at which point they will instantly and magically have the facts and it will be earth-shatteringly good). I don't think it has anything to do with "morals" to teach kids how to act strong in relationships, and that's becoming another crisis too! Dating abuse and verbal/mental abuse is rampant with teens according to my old school counselor and I think that results in many kids, young women especially, making choices they not only regret, but could hurt them. I have no issues with the really well-prepared, confident, smart, mature teens deciding to express their sexuality, but are kids today really prepared to do that?