"For example, since the emergence of government-controlled sex education and
its promised benefits, there are now more children exposed to pornography and
sexual activity at a younger age"More porn? Think the internet
had anything to do with that? Using Stuart's logic- Utah has the highest
percentage of mormons in the country. Utah has the highest per capita porn
subscription rates. Hence- mormons must be promoting porn.
Parent do have the responsibility to teach their children about sex and
morality. This is done during many discussions and over a long period of time.
However, one of the roles of goverment is to try and look out for the best
interests of children especially when those interests are not being met. Parents definitely should teach their children about sex. That includes
the physical science of it as well as their own moral perspective. They should
do it well before government, through the schools, will teach the basic physical
science of sex (age etc to be determined and known by the parents). I think that
goverment can also teach the benefits of abstinence without appearing to teach
religion. From a sciology perspective I think it can be well established that
sex is an intensly personal value and that engaging in it too early or
frivilously only hurts a person self worth and leads to unhappiness. (unwanted
pregnency, disease, reputation etc)
It's basic biology.
Mr. Reid,If the government cannot be trusted to provide sex
education to children, why should it be trusted to provide sex education to the
parents?It seems contradictory to me to suggest that the very
institution (school) you decry for failing our children should then be tasked
with teaching parents.If you want parents to get correct facts,
perhaps you could refer them to medical professionals. If you want them to
learn morality, perhaps you could refer them to their pastor, bishop, rabbi,
etc.Why do you want to send the parents to the schools, when you so
clearly despise the schools and distrust the teachers?
Parents should talk to their kids about sex, morality and family values.
Parents should take responsibility for keeping communication open but also
providing guidance in terms of computer use and TV/movie viewing. Teachers should talk to students about the emotional and physical maturation
process, responsibility and sex. Church leaders/teachers should talk to
youth about sex and morality. It doesn't need to be and
shouldn't be exclusively the role of parents. My kids attended
schools on the east and west coasts. Every year schools invited parents to a
meeting to view a presentation and discussion of the sex education curriculum
and given the opportunity to "opt out." Planned Parenthood
believes that parents and guardians should be the primary sexuality educators of
their children. As with other complex issues, many parents may need support,
resources, and expertise from schools and other organizations. It is important
that young people receive age-appropriate sexual health information and develop
practical skills for keeping healthy. Educators can help families by providing
culturally meaningful learning opportunities in safe and nonjudgmental
environments so that young people can learn about sexuality in a healthy and
I don't get the point of this article. It seems to be to point fingers at
all those awful parents who are neglecting to properly educate their children
about sexuality. Fine, such parents probably do exist. Scold scold scold.
Done.But to articulate this as public policy? It's nuts. Let's
teach kids about contraception, about choices, provide them with accurate
factual information about their own bodies. In public schools.
(CBS News) "The rate of teenagers becoming mothers is declining rapidly,
according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). The average teen birth rate decreased 9 percent from 2009 to
2010, reaching an all time low of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19.That's a 44 percent drop from 1991 to 2010. There were less teenage
mothers in 2010 than any year since 1946."Where is he getting
Right behind survival itself, sex is probably the strongest, most important, and
most misunderstood thing in our life. As a natural, involuntary,
inherent, drive it satisfies the law of nature for all life, the procreation of
the species. As a source of pleasure it surpasses all other
activities. As a source of danger, it provides for the transmission
and sharing of the most horrible diseases known.As a sin, it
provides a tool for the enslavement of people. As a subject to be
learned and understood it needs to be taught by the most expert and most
dedicated people. No one can be more dedicated than parents. Yet parents may
not be the most expert. Maybe it takes a town to raise a child.
Unless you have parents like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock teaching the facts
of life.And...how many more parents out there are teaching their children
this religious philosophy about women and reproduction?
If it seems children are more exposed now, it is only because now we care and
pay attention to that stuff. Not so long before the sexual revolution, there
was no call to protect children and child porn and prostitution were not
crimes.Yes, things could be better - but to ignore the fact that
they all ready are is ridiculous and self serving.
What is a non-traditional marriage?
Where are teen pregnancy, out of wedlock births, STDs and abortion rates the
rock-bottom lowest?In nations where sex education is taught,
thoroughly and objectively, in public schools.Even within our own
nation, a similar relationship exists - the more sex-ed the state provides its
public school students, the lower the teen pregnancy and abortion rates.Ignorance is not bliss, folks. Keeping school kids ignorant about human
reproduction is a recipe for disaster.
Someone needs to really fact check this article.Both teen
pregnancies and the overall abortion rate have actually declined in the last 20
years. If Mr. Reid cannot even have his facts straight then how can
we trust in his legislation?
Sex education IS a parent's responsibility. And, since so many of them
think it's 'dirty', they're going to fail miserably at it.
Oh jeez! Ha ha! Any decent college student would have a field day tearing this
piece up!"For example, since the emergence of
government-controlled sex education and its promised benefits, there are now
more children exposed to pornography and sexual activity at a younger age; there
are more teen pregnancies and children born out of wedlock; there are more cases
of sexually transmitted diseases and more abortions; and there are more
non-traditional marriages, more not marrying at all or divorcing."Correlation does not imply causation.
I could not agree with you more. I do not want teachers teaching my children
morality, that’s my job as a parent. It is not the role of government to
raise my children.
Two points in this piece struck me:First, “ . . . more
tragically children's innocence is being violated by the sexual revolution,
and what is nearly as catastrophic is that too many adults do not realize
what is happening to both children and society as a whole. Increasingly,
children are being victimized by the morals of the sexual revolution and society
is becoming more coarse because the once protective shield of parental
responsibility is vanishing.”Second, “ . . . far too
many children are suffering because adult self-interest is valued over parental
responsibility and the interests of children.”The second point
drives the first. The victimization of children and overexposure to every
aspect of adult sexuality is because we as adults refuse to shelter them due to
our own selfish interests.Irrespective of what our opinions are
reference proper adult sexuality, there can be no doubt that, as a society we
are failing our children. Sexualizing them at a tender age when sexuality
should be far from their thoughts.Time to do better.