Well When abstinence is used it woks 100 percent of the time every time. No
sexual diseases no unwanted pregnancies. It is a complete no brainier. Unless
you think all f the above still can happen when nothing when nothing happens.
"Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, also questioned the role of schools in sex
education, saying that he has a problem with what are essentially complete
strangers teaching children the most sensitive issues that belong in the
home."I am involved in my children's education. I know who teaches
their classes and I know what is being taught. I've always had a great rapport
with my kids' teachers. The current system of teaching sex ed has been ideal for
my family, as it offers my wife and I a chance to discuss sexuality and our
strong belief in abstinence before marriage in conjunction with what they learn
in school. Sen. Reid and his colleagues are selling the children of Utah short.
Many families in Utah will not discuss these issues at all, and the schools have
done a great job teaching our kids. This whole bill is absurd. It's very telling
of the ignorance that is rampant in our state government. I hope voters are
taking notice of who "represents" them.
Flying Finn,If you had read my previous comments, I made it rather
clear that I believed that parents do have an obligation to talk their kids and
should do so long before the teachers get involved. I expressed my desire and
belief that the material taught in school should compliment, not substitue the
education given by the parents. I also stated that by doing so,
this would add legitimacy to the instruction given by the parents as being fact
and not simply more "rules" imposed by a parent that a teen would be
more prone to rebel against as a normal part of adolescence. I
assume you didn't read my previous comments, so I'll refrain from criticizing
you further.I can't think of a better topic to showcase how teachers
and parents can and should work together in the education of our children. This
shouldn't be restricted to sex and I hope it isn't in most households.
Claudio writes: "I would rather have my kids know what sex is and not have
any questions."Then perhaps you should fulfill your
responsibility as a parent, get to know your children well enough to talk to
them, and then explain what sex is all about to them. As an alternative I
suppose you could chose to relinquish your roll as a parent and allow some
teacher who may or may not share your opinions on the subject to do your job for
I personally know many parents here in Utah who completely understand some kids
will be sexually active no matter what, they just don't want their own kids to
be among them. Many of these parents truly feel they have no allies
in what they are doing. They feel Hollywood is against them when they glance
over TV shows and movies portraying sex as fun and exciting with no real
consequences. They feel groups such as Planned Parenthood are
against them, the idea being they are telling kids that virginity is unrealistic
and unhealthy and that when it comes to sex, anything goes just so long as they
pop a pill or put on a condom. They feel the media is against them,
portraying these parents as stupid or burying their heads in the sand for
telling their kids to wait until marriage or adulthood to have sex. So when they parents hear about sex education in the public schools, their
immediate thought is, "Here's one more group telling us we can't parent our
kids the way we want to."If you're pro-sex ed, what do you tell
I suggest we change the title of our members of the House of Representatives and
the State Senate to Reverend. The new name should be the House of Reverends or
possibly Ministers and the State Religious Ministry.Next session I'm
wondering if they will see a bill to install camera's in all married households
to make sure no one uses birth control. After all, we need to be monitored to be
sure we are not allowed anything that won't produce children.To the
House and Senate... Stay out of my personal life. Let my grandchildren be
educated but facts in a classroom and not in the backseat of a car.
"atl134Salt Lake City, UT@RiflemanUtah has a higher
rate of marriage and the lowest marriage age in the nation, of course they're
going to have the lowest rate of out-of-wedlock births."President Monson urged young men to get married at last year's 181st Annual
General Conference. This is a common theme throughout LDS history. Marrying
young and getting sealed is high on the priority list so I can see why Utah has
these high marriage rates and low ages. Having a lot of kids is also always a
plus although not heavily pushed ... maybe inferred would be a better way to put
it. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Claudio - "The plague of "gender confused" teachers and the
"holier than thou" department chairs is so vicious and widespread that
we would never succeed without someone standing up to them"Knowledge is
never a bad thing. Ignorance, however, sure can create a disaster mighty
quick.- After a second review I realize you were kidding but this is
what I'm hearing from a lot of these commentors on many threads. They seem
literally scared of gays. Santorum stated that liberal professors and the
education system are stripping students of their faith and indoctrinating them.
He misses the point that he's been indoctrinating his family Catholic their
whole life AND that there's a real correlation between education and lack of a
belief in God.My father is the same way and I always love it. The
old-timers are blaming the education system for changing the way youth think
today. Well duh! They're getting educated I'd hope they'd change the way they
think! Sounds like it's working to me!
OHBU - Care to enlightens us as how our State ranks against other states that do
teach sexual issues in the schools. Is our % of STD's, abortions and sex
outside of marriage considerably higher because it is being taught or not taught
in the home?Also to Rifleman - I think some of his comments are well
thought out. Why not give parents a tax break if their children aren't
spreading STD's and costing tax payers money? I know schools are already
teaching biology and having discussions about the human body.Someone
else mentioned most of how our kids behave sexually is learned from the behavior
of their parents. There is much truth in that statement.
@ Furry1993I do not understand the mentality that young man should
carry a condom in case of an "accident". You make it sound like the
control we have over our sexual behavior is the same control we have over all
the drivers around when crossing the street. It's not the same thing.And everyone who is ragging on Utah - back off! While I disagree with the
bill, at least the intent recognizes the special nature of human intimacy and
rejects the animal nature put forth by society at large.
Rifleman,Thanks for looking out for us and our children. The plague
of "gender confused" teachers and the "holier than thou"
department chairs is so vicious and widespread that we would never succeed
without someone standing up to them. All kidding aside, while I appreciate your
view and agree with the intent, I am not naive enough to think such teacher
don't exist nor delusional enough to think it is nearly as big of a problem as
your regular comments would seem to suggest. I would rather have my
kids know what sex is and not have any questions. I have no problem with a
responsible adult, a teacher, contributing and reinforcing what I have already
taught my children. If they say something I disagree with, I'll explain that to
my kids. Knowledge is never a bad thing. Ignorance, however, sure can create a
disaster mighty quick.
Will the Utah legislature next mandate that science be taught at home?It
won't surprise me a bit.
Come on, Utah. Sex Education is so much more than having sex and intercourse.
Our teenagers are experiencing changes in thier bodies at a rate only paralleled
by pregnancy. Teen girls are growing breasts. Teen boys will ejaculate in
their sleep. Attitudes towards peers are changing with hormonal changes.
Interest and curiousity in sex is very high.I believe these
discussions need to take place in the home. But guess what--9 months of the
year, our teens are at school more often than they're at home. They're hearing
things from peers, getting crazy ideas, even ideas the un-religious wouldn't
agree with.I like having sex education in schools. Our schools help
our kids learn how to think for themselves. Discussing sex in schools provides
a healthy forum for our kids to talk with their peers, so they can talk about
facts rather than rumors and curiosities. Besides, most parents don't
understand sex themselves--where would they learn about it? In church?
@ute alumni"What is wrong with parents taking the responsibility of
teaching their own children. "Some parents don't try to teach
about sex education. What's that going to leave kids with? Hollywood and the
internet to teach them? I don't see what the problem is with a sex education
program in schools that parents can opt their kids out of. That should be
satisfactory to everyone but then again some people want to push their views
onto everyone else.
We never worried about what our sons would learn in a comprehensive sex ed
class. Why? Because we had already taught them more than what they would learn
in any class, starting at a very young age and teaching what was age-appropriate
as they grew up. They never asked the "where do I come from" questions
-- they already knew. They learned about copulation and birth from the dog next
door, together with us teaching them about the connection between the two. As
youngsters, they knew that some people were attracted to those of the opposite
sex and some people were attracted to people of the same sex because we never
hid the truth about our gay and lesbian friends from them. AND they knew that
abstinence before marriage and complete faithfulness after marriage was the
absolutely best way to live.They also carried condoms when they
dated. Just as the insurance policies on our cars arenÂt licenses to have
accidents, condoms werenÂt licenses to have sex BUT they were insurance in
case an accident happened. They never had to use their Âinsurance
policiesÂ but they were prepared. Win-win.
So how about the state offer an auto-mechanic class, but don't teach anything
about engines. Better yet, how about a math class that where the teacher cant
mention anything about numbers. Sounds similar to sex-education but without the
sex. What's wrong with this state?
Redshirt,You make that statement as if it's fact, when numerous
studies have shown the complete opposite. I've already provided a large
research study that showed that comprehensive sex education results in lower
teen pregnancies, and teen sexual activity in general. Where are you getting
your stats? Seriously, schools teach that you can't drink until
you're 21, but everybody seems to believe they can still teach their children to
never drink. Why not follow the good public policy of comprehensive education,
and leave it to parents to teach the morals of abstinence until marriage?
Re: Claudio 10:16 a.m. March 7, 2012"Why do you hate teachers so
much?"I have a deep appreciation for good teachers. My problem
is with those teachers who have the attitude that they know what is better for
children than their parents do. I also have a problem with teachers who are
confused about their own sexuality trying to pass their personal misconceptions
onto our children.In his comment Clark Griswold thinks those who
disagree with him should be ineligible for the same benefits he expects. Why
not then provide special benefits for parents whose children don't get pregnant?
I like the idea of offering a more in depth class which would require parental
permission to enroll.What I see happening is parents are feeling
that their parental rights are being eliminated; one by one. Sex education is
another avenue that has been a factor in this issue. Some areas do not require
parents be informed if their minor children have an abortion, though a parental
signature would be required for any and all other types of medical
procedures.More information is generally the better option, but my
concerns are when the sex ed lectures are concluded with free condoms for
everyone. Giving class room instruction on how to make a bomb out of household
ingredients is not always a good idea. More knowledge is not always a good
thing without some morals. Schools may be great at supplying information, but
their hands are tied and they may not suggest any degree of "right" and
"wrong". Some may despise the concept of religion, but like
it or not, there is such a thing as right and wrong and in an effort to free
ourselves from Sunday School, we have eliminated standards and responsibility
from our children's understanding.
This bill is short sighted. Yes, abstinence will stop teen pregnancy and the
spreading of disease. However, not every family has the same moral values.
Some parents need sex education to be taught in school because they don't take
Shame on our legislators! If they agree that sex ed is best taught at home, are
they willing to mandate it? If not, is it then OK for some kids to get no sex ed
outside public-school abstinence? Let me illustrate my point: An abstinence
message is totally lost on a sexually active teenager with absentee parents. We
- and he - are so much better off by giving other tools to stop the pregnancies.
Our uppity legislators are throwing a whole category of kids under the bus of
@Riverton Cougar: The entire reason schools were required to teach sex ed in the
first place is that PARENTS WEREN'T DOING IT.
"DeltaFoxtrotWest Valley, UT"abstinence only"
isn't education, it's indoctrination...If schools don't teach the
children about sex, popular media and the internet will.Which would
you rather have?"Once again ... religion pushing it's will on
social issues and politics. When is it going to end? That's for the home and
parents to push ...
I've never been able to understand the mentality that educating someone can
somehow lead them to behave in a certain way. Young people are going to have sex
whether they're taught about it in schools or not. It's better that they
understand the risks and know how to take precautions rather than have them
subscribe to myths about sex that they've learned on the playground. Ignorance
is far riskier than knowledge. Sex education is not a license to become sexually
active. It is a weapon against it. Researchers have found no evidence that
these abstinence-only programs increased rates of sexual abstinence.
Here is the interesting thing about all those people who say that we need
comprehensive sex education. The states that already have the comprehensive sex
education programs have higher teen/unwed mother pregnancies than you do in
Utah.The interesting thing is if you look at a graph of unwed
pregnancy rates and compare that to when they began teaching the basic ideas
behind comprehensive sex education, you find that pregnancy rates increased once
the government got involved. The government started to mandate sex education
that included safe sex during the 1960's. It was during that decade that the
teen pregnancy rate doubled. Is that a coincidence, or are the two related in
Claudio, your note to Rifleman is absolutely great! Thank you.
Had "the talk" with all my sons, some more than once. Parents need to
get over the discomfort of talking frankly with their children about sex,
because in the schools you only get half the information -- what is missing is
the accompanying set of moral values. As parents, we need to provide accurate
information and not just the values. BOTH are essential. In our home, we stress
that sex is a beautiful, natural act, but something powerful which needs
safeguards in order to keep a person unscathed (physically, emotionally,
psychologically, etc.). Home is where we're able to teach our children the
values we regard as essential to happiness, including virtue, chastity, modesty,
etc. As uncomfortable as it is, we also talk about the reality of STDs, teen
pregnancy, and childbirth and how the course of a life can be changed by
disregarding these values we embrace. A few photos of STDs are more of a
deterrent than an abstract lesson on birds and bees. Get a medical encyclopedia
and have it accessible to your kids. I also recommend Brad Wilcox's thorough
book "Growing Up: Gospel Answers About Maturation and Sex." Go through
it with your kids, then leave it accessible.
A majority of Utahns still believe that sex is inseparably connected with
morality, and we vote for legislators that share our opinion. Those who believe
that sex is a casual recreational sport are just going to have to learn to live
with it until they can get a sufficient number of voter who see it their way.
Wow, the ignorance here in Utah is stronger than I had anticipated.
It has taken years with gradual relinquishment of parents responsibility - not
only in sex information - to relegate their responsibility for teaching their
children to the schools. The schools mostly teach a "one size fits all"
series of classes, be it the three "Rs" or the important social
behavior. Parents can give one on one instruction and fit it to needs and
interest. Let the schools teach the basics where answers are right or wrong
and leave the emotional and personal preferences to the parents. Parents have
the ability to know their children - if they will. However, the ease of
saying let someone else do it is less time consuming and give the parents more
time to "enjoy" the things that do not matter.
@RiflemanUtah has a higher rate of marriage and the lowest marriage age in
the nation, of course they're going to have the lowest rate of out-of-wedlock
What they need to do is offer a one-quarter elective, for-credit class on sex ed
that is comprehensive, and require a parent's permission to take it.That way, the parents who feel it is their right, duty, responsibility, and
who feel up to the task of teaching their children well about the birds, bees
and STDs can do it at home.And those who want the State to handle
the job can hand it off.
Legislators fiddle while an economic firestorm burns.
XelaDave,The topic is already taught in most UT schools, including
those in Salem. It's taught during health. This bill actually
makes it more likely that districts will choose not to include it in the class
at all, as I'm sure many don't want to deal with the helicopter parents and
education attackers who will be on the prowl to find one instance of a teacher
who goes "over the line" while teaching the course to cause a huge stink
about it. The bill is a "our way or the highway" one that mandates to a
T what is and is not said during the class. And yet, it comes from
a Republican dominated legislature that promotes smaller government, personal
liberty and constitutional freedoms. How interesting.
Rifleman, I have a few questions. 1. Why do you hate teachers so
much? Did they abuse you when you were young? Every post that you make that
deals with education always finds a way to slap teachers in the face. Your
first post here was no different. Most teachers are also parents; do you think
they don't want children to succeed and be chaste?2. You call
Clark's comment typical liberal thinking. Is not a similar version of such a
proposal not being advocated by Rush Limbaugh with regards to contraception? At
least Clark didn't call for a sex tape.Why are you so angry? It
seems every time you post it is done to be rude or to attack someone else.
Never do you contribute constructively to the conversation. I realize I'm doing
the same this time, but it's honestly because I'm curious to know what has
happened to make you so bitter. As for this topic, the kids are
going to learn it. If proper education as opposed to urban legend is taught at
home and reinforced at school, the kids are more likely to take it as truth
rather than Mom and Dad's "rules."
Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake: "You just took away the power of parents by
having the state of Utah dictate what students are going to be learning."WRONG!!The state is only "dictating" what will be
learned in public schools. Parents have, and should accept, the power to teach
their kids more important subjects than they will EVER learn in school! Ms.
Robles has it exactly backwards... when schools decide to teach comprehensive
sex education, THEY take away the power of parents to decide what their kids are
going to be learning.
"If schools don't teach the children about sex, popular media and the
internet will.Which would you rather have?"Consider
the alternative: they learn it in the home. I agree that it is uncomfortable,
but it is worthwhile.
Hey libs:What is wrong with parents taking the responsibility of teaching
their own children. What's next having the the schools teach religion because
the parents don't? Having the secular society that pushes abortion and
discourages prayer is not exactly who I want teaching my children about sex.
So basically an unfunded mandate on schools to teach another course in an
already tight budget situation
I feel that sex education should be a mandatory part of the school curriculum. I
believe that parents talking with kids is also important, but I support it being
in school for the same reason that I support teaching a multitude of topics in
school. People that are trained educators with a history of being able to
communicate and connect well with young people are going to be able to do the
job better than parents without that background.It would be better
to have kids overwhelmed with factual information than being misinformed by
parents who are deceiving their kids or ignorant on the topic themselves. In
lieu of an actual class or portion of class on the topic, I would support an
extensive optional after/before school program that discusses sex education. ive kids the facts, then let your morality guide you to tell your kids
what you support and what you expect of them. Keeping our children ignorant
should never be a viable option.
The ignorance of this bill is truely stunning. The poor children of UT.
I believe we should... Preach: abstinence. Teach: information, ethics and
You can legislate an "abstinence only" curriculum in the classroom, but
you can't legislate the PG13 and R rated behavior in the halls. With all due
respect to Mr. Wright, this type of thinking has been out of step for decades.
The kids could probably teach him a thing or two.
Katy,"I've never seen a study done on those states that have sex
education in their schools and those who don't in regards to STD's and
abortions."See: "Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex
Education and the Initiation of Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy," Journal
of Adolescent Health, 2008Here is the study you were asking for.
They found that Comprehensive Sex Ed reduces the number of teen pregnancies, as
well as the likelihood of engaging in intercourse in the child's teen years.
Abstinence-Only education had no measurable effect. This is one of many
Perhaps Utah's legislature forgot that this dinosauric attitude of a Mormon
dominated government, will rear it's ugly head if and when Mr. Romney, a devote
Mormon, becomes the Republican nominee. This again, will be something
separating Mitt from the common man and rational thinking.
DonÂt kids get enough abstinance only education in church? Now we want the
schools to teach it also?ShouldnÂt it be the parents that are
teaching kids to be abstinent?This is meaningless head in the sand law.Kids will just get their information off the internet, just hope it accurate,
it would be good if the parent taught them, and unfortunately too many parents
are uncomfortable talking to their own children regarding sex and choose the
head in the sand technique.They assume as long as they do not say
anything, the kids will not have hormones.We should get all the parents
together who think this way and find out how many of their kids became sexually
active, pregnant, or got STDÂsThis method of sex Ed is as effective
as the old duck and cover films would be, in protecting people in case of a
Re: Clark Griswold 8:58 p.m. March 6, 2012"This bill needs a rider so
that not one penny of tax money is spent on medical care for the "abstinence
only" educated students who get pregnant"Classical case of
liberal thinking!! Perhaps parents who teach their children the benefits of
virtue and chastity should receive a tax credit for not burdening taxpayers
because their children didn't get pregnant before they got married.
So health teachers can talk about how the circulatory system and the digestive
system work but not the reproductive system. Can they talk about the endocrine
system? Since many of the hormones creaated by the human body don't really
begin production until puberty, can they talk about them? Are they allowed to
use the word "puberty"? What happens to the AP Human Biology class?
Will it be mandated that it be removed from the curriculum?Ostriches
are really stupid animals.
"abstinence only" isn't education, it's indoctrination...If
schools don't teach the children about sex, popular media and the internet
will.Which would you rather have?
To Griswold: Why should gov. pay for those that do receive sex education in the
schools and still have to deal with STD's, pregnancies and abortions? I've
never seen a study done on those states that have sex education in their schools
and those who don't in regards to STD's and abortions.
If you are going to hold teenagers responsible for their actions then you have
to insure that they are educated. It makes no sense to me that the same people
against abortion are often the same people against sex education.
Utah ranks dead last (50th) in out of wedlock births as a percentage of all
births.If mom and dad slept around before getting married, or if mom
has never bothered to get married all the class room sex ed in the world isn't
going to make any measurable difference in the world. You smoke and the chances
are your children will smoke. You sleep around and the chances are your
children will follow your example.With very few exception in my
neighborhood teenagers with parents who taught them chastity have followed the
example their parents set for them.
I agree parents don't always feel comfortable talking with their kids about sex
However, the best kind of education about this is from the home. Let's wait a
year and hopefully we'll have some medical records (hopefully about SIDS as well
as abortions) comparing our state with others and see how we come out. Unless
pregnancies and abortions are on the same page, there isn't a good comparison
with those. I would hope our state would have less abortions than others
regardless of sex education in schools or in the home.
hawaii needs to worry about what they teach there and not what is taught in
Utah. Education should be a local thing, but hey, thanks for injecting yourself
in Utah matters.
So the Senate sponsor wouldn't even yield to questions about this bill. I wonder
if parents will yield to questions if their child asks about something other
then abstinence only and sex.
Only in Utah.... sad day.
Abstinence only works well here in Texas. My state is in the top five states,
consistently,in the nation for teenage pregnancy. My wife teaches kindergarten
and several of her student's mothers are not yet 21. Only seven of 22 students
in her class are from a two parent home.
Although I can see some elements of why the congress would pass this type of
legislation, it is clearly not a good choice to simply avoid the complete issue
of sex education altogether. It seems reasonable that the two
options should be to teach sex education (including BOTH abstinence and planned
parenthood....many states in the union are on the opposite side of the spectrum
teaching planned parenthood only) OR decide as a state that the issue should be
taught only at home and schools shouldn't touch it. This balancing act of
cherrypicking topics to teach in school only paints an incomplete and
unrealistic picture of the issues to the children and doesn't address reality.
It is not a sin to discuss the entire topic of sex education and it has been
proven several times that these school discussions don't encourage sexual
promiscuity, but only inform the students about options - actually improving the
chances of helping prevent STDs and other unwanted outcomes by the student. Obviously a delicate topic, but this bill just doesn't seem to reach the
goals that it is intended to reach.
This bill is an embarrassment.
Re: Knightwolf 9:20 p.m. March 6, 2012"Now kids will learn even less
than I did when I went through the class."Yes, some parents fail
to step up to the plate and teach their children basic concepts regarding
morality and chastity. Others criticize the Boy Scouts of America for
advocating the concept of morality. Why would any conscientious parent want to
abandon their responsibility at the school gate to some teacher that may be
confused about their own responsibility?
I do not like sex ed done in a school class room, but it has to be done and at
home is best. As a former Bishop I know not enough families are doing it. It
has to be done. Your children are going to get the information from some one, it
needs to be from YOU. Protect your children and give them the information NOW
I was asked when you start teaching them sex ed at home. and my
reply is the moment you pick them up the first time. It is more than words, it
is respect, it is modesty and it is INFORMATION about how their bodies work.
Get with it. Your kids deserve it. If your daughter gets pregnant
or your son fathers a child, ask your self why you didn't talk to them more, why
you didn't give them more information both about their bodies and about your
standards. It is not an option it is a Requirement of being a parent. If you
can't do it then why did you have kids in the first place. Itis part of taking
care of them, like feeding them, and praying with them. DO IT NOW.
Boys that have good Sex Education go on more Missions then Boys that do Not.
Girlfriend of Boys On Mission who have had Sex Ed do not have to Talk to the
Bishop 3 months into the Boys Mission and the Bishop does not have to call
Mission HQ and get his Elder back.Ignorance is Not Bliss, Where the
Truth is not told Urban and Rural Myth Rule.
Truth seeker: What does that tell you. I can't tell you what it tells you
because this is a soft board and there is no way I can say it without getting my
post toasted. However read what truth seeker said and then use you
head and then if the State wants to repress Sex Ed then you teach it your
self.You have a right as a parent to know what your Minor Child is
doing. Talk to you kid, listen to your kid and she won't come home singing
"Pappa Don't Preach".
I do not think that withholding information is going to help in the matter.
Ignorance is Not Bliss. Ignorance is walking around PG when a little information
about protection would have help. If good information is not given by trusted
people then Urban or Rural Myth will rule.I think people who come up
with ideas like this are silly, other terms come to mind. This kind of lack of
education can lead to more Abortion not less. They will most likely not do it
any less also good Sex Education can prevent life threatening medical
problems.You are not only all shook up if you Daughter comes home PG
(please do not throw her out of the house to set an example for her younger
sisters)Punishing a scared girl like that does not help the situation. If you
need clues then watch Juno and observe her Dad and Stepmother.They
get the needed information anyway sometimes the wrong information and sometimes
after the fact. It is up to the family to teach Standards and Sex Ed
but some of you won't and in part because you don't yourself know.
A report released Thursday by the Utah Department of Health shows the number of
chlamydia cases rose 50 percent in the past five years to a total of 23,166
Â making it the state's most frequently reported communicable disease. The
number of gonorrhea cases doubled during the same five-year period, totaling
3,451.( Deseret News 2009)Uh, well maybe the "abstinence
only" route will decrease the STD rate?Ya think?
Utah had a relatively low teen pregnancy rate before this bill. I don't know
why anything needed to change. Parents could've opted out of comprehensive sex
education right? Lame.
As an adult who went through sex ed in davis county in the last 10 years, I find
this bill totally unacceptable. Now kids will learn even less than I did when I
went through the class. Lets just go with abolishing school altogether. The
students who graduate are as dumb as if we had anyway. Sheesh.
This bill needs a rider so that not one penny of tax money is spent on medical
care for the "abstinence only" educated students who get pregnant. Make
their parents completely responsible for their medical bills, and they'll be
calling for comprehensive sex education in one big hurry.
Very sad, that this is one of Utah's top agenda in the year of 2012.