Just what should be done with sex education?

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  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    If you need the federal goverment to educate you about sex,
    you are a pretty darn lame person.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Teen pregnancy! Utah has the highest teen pregnancy because many girls in this state get married as soon as they graduate from high school. They usually don't just live with someone and have kids. A baby born to an eighteen or nineteen year old married woman is still a teen pregnancy.

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    Fred44 writes: "The National Center for Health Statistics reported that Utah has the ..... highest number of teenagers getting married."

    Utah is tied with Idaho for the state where people get married the youngest. The men get married for the first time at a median age of 25.5 years old, the second lowest in the country, and the women at 23.3 years  the lowest in the country.

    Sex education in school wouldn't reduce the number of young people getting married .... especially in polygamous communities where little girls are forced to marry old men.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 27, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    "The National Center for Health Statistics reported that Utah has the lowest percentage of out-of-wedlock births in the United States", and the highest number of teenagers getting married. Teen age pregnancy is a better measurement than out of wedlock births.

    Education is power. The curriculum does not promote pre-maritial sex or alternate lifestyles. Look at the curriculum if you have a problem with it, opt out.

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    Gandalf writes: "Since when did we believe that ignorance is better than knowledge?"

    Parents in Utah don't believe that ignorance is better than knowledge which is why we teach our children about chastity, morality, and the politically incorrect concept of abstinence before marriage.

    The National Center for Health Statistics reported that Utah has the lowest percentage of out-of-wedlock births in the United States. What are Utah families doing correctly, and why do states with schools that provide on demand birth control to students without

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Sexual Education is a topic that brings everyone out of the woodwork because, it is NOT the governments responsibility to teach children about sex.

    Any one that has children knows that they start asking questions about body parts and relationships before they are 8.

    Teaching them at 13 is to late.
    Teaching them outside of the loving enviroment of home is just wrong.
    Using the excuss that somekids won't get this if we don't teach them is just stupid.
    This is all madness. Parents have the right and the responsibility to teach their children without the interference of the government.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    Maybe before our legislators speak and vote, they should take a few minutes and look at the curriculum. Their is no "promotion" of anything in the curriculum other than abstinence. The curriculum is based on the best scientific knowledge we have today about STD's, contraception and other issues related to sex.

    The problem here is that our republican legislature see's bad and evil in every public non-charter school classroom in the state. The overwhelming majority of teachers who are teaching this curriculum are doing so in a professional fashion that is beneficial to students who whether we want to admit it or not are becoming increasingly sexual active and are not being taught about sex at home.

    For those parents who do not want their students to participate in this curriculum they can opt out. Before their student is taught this curriculum they must return with a parent permission slip.

    Lets put away our paranoia and become educated about the world our students are living in and what is really being taught in our schools before we create foolish legislation. Our schools spend an increasing amount of time each day teaching things to children that should be taught in the home, that is the world we live in today. Contrary to popular belief, it is 2012 not 1912, the world has changed.

  • govt rocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    John Charity, what a completely ignorant comment. I know plenty of people who have had premarital sex who have had great, happy lives afterward, with the same partner they had premarital sex with, myself included. Likewise, I know plenty who did not have premarital sex and later had all kinds of incompatible relationship issues.

    Sex education is not about teaching kids how to have sex, it is educating them on the consequences.

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 9:00 p.m.

    The legislature has been carried off by fear, ignorance and arrogance on this bill. Rep. Wright's statement that "we should not be teaching our children how to have sex and get away with it" reveals his world view.

    Since when did we believe that ignorance is better than knowledge? Since when do we believe it is appropriate for our state government to prevent parents from opting in to a public education program that accurately discusses human sexuality, including contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and the emotional, financial and physical hazards of sexual activity? Since when does the legislature know better than the parents and their children is supposedly seeks to protect?

    This bill, and the legislature's passage of it, is truly mind-boggling.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    Unfortunately, sex education has become a battleground between extremists who promote uncontrolled wanton sexuality and those who pretend that sex does not exist. What is needed is a middle ground.

    No good ever came from non-marital sexual relationships. Trye sex education must teach this basic truth: non-marital sex leads only to heartache, disease, and illegitimate children.

    However, true sex education teaches that sex is a wonderful gift from above which brings a married couple closer together. Sex in a marriage should be both frequent and mutually satisfying.

    Let us take back our schools from the extremists on both sides. Truth and moderation must be the order of the day.