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Published: Friday, Oct. 26 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

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.

JP71
Ogden, UT

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.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

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.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

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.

Henderson
Orem, UT

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?

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

What is a non-traditional marriage?

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

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?

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

(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 his facts?

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

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.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

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 positive context.

slpa1
West Jordan, UT

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?

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

It's basic biology.

Outsideview
Federal Way, WA

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)

Impartial7
DRAPER, UT

"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.

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