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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

Comments Wanted: What Do You Think About Sex Education in the Classroom?

By May 16, 2007

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Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1292 into law on Monday. This law requires that school districts teach comprehensive sex education courses based on scientific standards and should include instruction on the health benefits and possible side effects of contraception. The bill does allow for discussion about abstinence but requires districts that introduce abstience-based lessons to also teach about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.

Precipitating the need for this bill was data showing that the "United States has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the developed world, and the state of Colorado ranks 22 in the nation in total teen pregnancies" (approximately 12,100 girls become pregnant before the age of 18). The bill further suggests that an "estimated 20 percent of teen pregnancies in Colorado will result in abortions."

Not surprisingly, this bill is strongly opposed by the Colorado Catholic Conference, a group that claims the law “will undercut the effectiveness of abstinence-only teaching”. Justin Rigali, a Philadelphia Cardinal recently informed the U.S. legislature that “so-called ‘comprehensive’ sex education programs that mention abstinence within the discussion of premarital sexual experimentation are not an appropriate alternative.”

However, the information presented in House Bill 1292 does not appear to agree with Cardinal Rigali’s views. The bill explains that

“current research documents the fact that those individuals who receive early, comprehensive, age-appropriate, and medically accurate education regarding the health benefits and other benefits derived from sexual abstinence, family planning, and birth control are more likely to delay sexual activity and engage in such activity with a higher degree of responsibility and safety.”
In fact, according to a recent statement made by Govenor Ritter, “preventing unintended pregnancies, especially among teenagers, is important…If a school district and a student so choose, this legislation allows educators to help students develop skills that will enable them to make responsible and healthy decisions.”

If you ask me, this seems like a logical approach; one that aims to meet the objectives that both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice groups agree on: the need to lower the abortion rate in the US. Accurate information leads to informed decisions. It is no secret that the effectivenss of abstinence-only education has been openly challenged, and the recent results from a multi-year study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that these programs do not have an impact on sexual abstinence of youth. I believe that, it is not only practical, but absolutely necessary to teach youth about birth control options. Abstinence is a wonderful goal that teenagers should strive to attain, for a majority of reasons; yet in my experience, it seems that vows of abstinence tend to break a lot more frequently than condoms do.

What do you think? I welcome your comments on this issue - just click the "comments" link below.

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Comments
May 17, 2007 at 12:54 am
(1) Stephanie says:

I applaud Dawn for taking the stance that we need to be realistic about our teenagers and their sexual practices. I know that we try to instill values in our children – but, seriously, who are we kidding? I would rather our teens receive accurate birth control information in their schools than to rely on ignorant
parents who are just assuming that their kids will remain abstinent, and are not providing them with contraception choices.

We sure do not need any more teenage mommies around or abortions that could have been prevented if these young women knew all the facts. I love Dawn’s article on Top Birth Control Myths – every teen should read that. My Kudos ;-) I especially like your last sentence about the abstinence vows breaking more easily than condoms – that couldn’t be more true! Thanks for your insight and knowledge – Stephanie

May 17, 2007 at 8:12 am
(2) Nave says:

Great article Dawn! As a father of a young girl, I am not looking forward to our upcoming chats on sex education. However, I feel that it is unfathomable that some parents and educators would rather “close their eyes” than discuss these important issues. There is too much misinformation out there and WE are putting our children in danger if we dont educate them on both the beauty and risks of sex.

January 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm
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July 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm
(4) Guy Bauman says:

I will never let my daughter take sex education in school. Sex should be taught by a loving father to his daughter in the privacy of their own bedroom.

October 14, 2009 at 6:03 pm
(5) Cindy says:

I love the article, as a person who teaches comprehensive sex education, I can tell you we do MUCH more than mention the word ABSTINENCE. We encourage youth to be abstinent, and talk to their parents,however, we also provide the benefits and disadvantages of all forms of birth control, and answer their questions with accurate medical information–I AM A PARENT also

January 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(6) colin smith says:

Forced sex lessons in school – Parents rights removed

Freedom of choice removed – First step to dictatorship?

The whole premises and base on which teaching children sexual matters might be construed as being good in the widening of awareness of these matters, however there is a better way forward, rather than the single mindedness of sex. The first and foremost point is that as citizens we loose our freedom of choice, hence we become subject to the state if sex education is compulsory. Our children become subject to the state without the input of parental influence, love or control. I believe this point has not truly been taken on board. Hitler, Stalin, Polpot and many other dictators enslaved their peoples through the insidious stealth of laws, eventually seeing the death and torture of millions of peoples in their various countries. How does the saying go, “Tip of the ice berg, the thin edge of the wedge”? Good intentions can often result in tears and misplaced ideals.

The statement of “are more likely to use contraception when they do become sexually active”, might indeed come to pass but is this really a good thing, or is there a better result? Where might I express myself in these critical matters, whom should I lobby?

The family is the backbone of any nation, training youth to be responsible through the condom, does seem a little drastic and that our youth are unable to be taught correct principals and govern themselves. There is a far better way forward in the promotion of sexual habits than the single blunt habit of using condoms. Teaching body parts, inappropriate ways of touching, etc is mechanical, the natural way of mankind, what of emotional damage, love, responsibility, even not having sex before marriage, what about marriage being taught itself, I see no mention of these type of uplifting and edifying thoughts and practises?

Teaching sex as a subject with out moral obligation, the association of love, marriage and procreation is the lesser way to educate and build a nation. Sexual activity is a wonderful physical activity, besides being enjoyable, part of the longitevity of mankind, hence pro creation, for without children we would be extinct, however is not and never was meant to be a singular activity. Of cause sex outside of marriage takes place, just like people who murder and hurt, which is not correct, I do not believe teaching this way to go through life, just pop on a condom and all will be OK. And I do not believe you or the majority of the nation do. Not to mention of the mental reports especially on women who have been promiscuous in early life, and the effects as they move into maturity and latter years. No mention of homosexual predators on boys and the effect it has on them in latter years and the ability to develop into caring husbands and fathers.

As for the age of 16 being legally adults, one would wish our teenagers were adults, certainly our five children were wonderful teenagers but never adults until much latter in life; as for me I did not mature well until about 24 years of age. 16 year olds cannot fight in the military, cannot vote, and cannot make mature decisions. Although the law might say they are adults, remember some laws are made a miss, no one is perfect, perhaps a time to change that law, and it will not be the first time a wrong law has been passed.

As you can see I am a little frustrated, probably more so because previous letters to the government and politician have been answered in a poor way or by some policy statement. My personal feelings is that sex outside of marriage in any shape or form is not good for any one, that this aught to be taught to our children. What if the teacher is homosexually bias, has sex outside of marriage, and is anti marriage, how will they teach these sensitive subjects?

How do I and my friends have any influence with the governing body of the land to stop this foolishness, to halt the enslavement of parents by taking the God given right from them to teach their children? Of cause some people will not teach their children “right and wrong” as it were, this does not give the government the right to teach what is wrong. Perhaps the time and energy should be aimed at the parents; of cause this is difficult, costly and time consuming, where as children are easy “targets” and easy to manipulate. (Not mentally mature) Is it not interesting that the greater sex problems occur when the nation is most promiscuous, why do you think that is? Has any one taken the steps to run a full survey into the spread of promiscuity? One only needs to look at the TV, internet, films, books, magazines and other communication channels, and really see how our children have been taught, plus their parents in many instances. Why not go for the root of the problem rather than the fruit of the tree? Interesting how some politicians wring their hands with the increased drunkenness and cost to the nation, who extended the drinking hours, did the country ask for this, no, was the drink bill fully thought through or placed upon the nation by poorly advised or qualified leaders? So it will be with this education bill, the nation will reap the whirl wind of greater sexual problems in the future with liberisation of sex habits and compulsory sex education.

Corrupt the children, corrupt the family, corrupt the nation, some one has got their plans well laid out in respect of sex education but not for the future welfare of the nation.

I strongly feel it is wrong to FORCE children into classrooms for compulsory sexual education, against the righteous desires of their parents or themselves; what next let’s inject all our children, without parental redress, for all manner of sexual problems and other things, let’s kill all deformed children, better still let us kill all the unemployed and gypsies, worked in Germany, extreme of cause but it did happen to an educated and great nation. Let’s do away with parent’s rights then we will be free to do what we want with children. This of cause sound incredible, to me having my right taken from me is also increadable. Well Hitler had his youth well organised, had his legal brothels, had his gas chambers had his way, yet the Germans are a good and upright nation. Are we a good and upright nation, I would hope so, hence should not be herded like sheep while the leaders of the land make executive decisions in opposition to the general public.

40 years ago if pornography and today’s non existent sex standards had been introduced into the media or land; there would have been an uproar and all would have been thrown out. What has taken place is the insidious “drip by drip, here a little there a little” until the nation is drenched with sexual corruption, drug problems and drink disorders. So it is with parental rights, a slow dripping away of freedom, until we are led into a state of captivity. The 1,000 years of freedom wiped away in a matter of years. The saddest indictment for our wonderful country is that no one in authority seems to care; the cry of one lone voice is trodden underfoot with derision.

Once again please point me in the direction where I might have a personal input into this topic, including an interview with Mr Balls, who I understand is spearheading this movement.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Smith.

January 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(7) colin smith says:

Parential rights removed -Forced sex education for children

First step to dictotorship – All parliament uphold

The whole premises and base on which teaching children sexual matters might be construed as being good in the widening of awareness of these matters, however there is a better way forward, rather than the single mindedness of sex. The first and foremost point is that as citizens we loose our freedom of choice, hence we become subject to the state if sex education is compulsory. Our children become subject to the state without the input of parental influence, love or control. I believe this point has not truly been taken on board. Hitler, Stalin, Polpot and many other dictators enslaved their peoples through the insidious stealth of laws, eventually seeing the death and torture of millions of peoples in their various countries. How does the saying go, “Tip of the ice berg, the thin edge of the wedge”? Good intentions can often result in tears and misplaced ideals.

The statement of “are more likely to use contraception when they do become sexually active”, might indeed come to pass but is this really a good thing, or is there a better result? Where might I express myself in these critical matters, whom should I lobby?

The family is the backbone of any nation, training youth to be responsible through the condom, does seem a little drastic and that our youth are unable to be taught correct principals and govern themselves. There is a far better way forward in the promotion of sexual habits than the single blunt habit of using condoms. Teaching body parts, inappropriate ways of touching, etc is mechanical, the natural way of mankind, what of emotional damage, love, responsibility, even not having sex before marriage, what about marriage being taught itself, I see no mention of these type of uplifting and edifying thoughts and practises?

Teaching sex as a subject with out moral obligation, the association of love, marriage and procreation is the lesser way to educate and build a nation. Sexual activity is a wonderful physical activity, besides being enjoyable, part of the longitevity of mankind, hence pro creation, for without children we would be extinct, however is not and never was meant to be a singular activity. Of cause sex outside of marriage takes place, just like people who murder and hurt, which is not correct, I do not believe teaching this way to go through life, just pop on a condom and all will be OK. And I do not believe you or the majority of the nation do. Not to mention of the mental reports especially on women who have been promiscuous in early life, and the effects as they move into maturity and latter years. No mention of homosexual predators on boys and the effect it has on them in latter years and the ability to develop into caring husbands and fathers.

As for the age of 16 being legally adults, one would wish our teenagers were adults, certainly our five children were wonderful teenagers but never adults until much latter in life; as for me I did not mature well until about 24 years of age. 16 year olds cannot fight in the military, cannot vote, and cannot make mature decisions. Although the law might say they are adults, remember some laws are made a miss, no one is perfect, perhaps a time to change that law, and it will not be the first time a wrong law has been passed.

As you can see I am a little frustrated, probably more so because previous letters to the government and politician have been answered in a poor way or by some policy statement. My personal feelings is that sex outside of marriage in any shape or form is not good for any one, that this aught to be taught to our children. What if the teacher is homosexually bias, has sex outside of marriage, and is anti marriage, how will they teach these sensitive subjects?

How do I and my friends have any influence with the governing body of the land to stop this foolishness, to halt the enslavement of parents by taking the God given right from them to teach their children? Of cause some people will not teach their children “right and wrong” as it were, this does not give the government the right to teach what is wrong. Perhaps the time and energy should be aimed at the parents; of cause this is difficult, costly and time consuming, where as children are easy “targets” and easy to manipulate. (Not mentally mature) Is it not interesting that the greater sex problems occur when the nation is most promiscuous, why do you think that is? Has any one taken the steps to run a full survey into the spread of promiscuity? One only needs to look at the TV, internet, films, books, magazines and other communication channels, and really see how our children have been taught, plus their parents in many instances. Why not go for the root of the problem rather than the fruit of the tree? Interesting how some politicians wring their hands with the increased drunkenness and cost to the nation, who extended the drinking hours, did the country ask for this, no, was the drink bill fully thought through or placed upon the nation by poorly advised or qualified leaders? So it will be with this education bill, the nation will reap the whirl wind of greater sexual problems in the future with liberisation of sex habits and compulsory sex education.

Corrupt the children, corrupt the family, corrupt the nation, some one has got their plans well laid out in respect of sex education but not for the future welfare of the nation.

I strongly feel it is wrong to FORCE children into classrooms for compulsory sexual education, against the righteous desires of their parents or themselves; what next let’s inject all our children, without parental redress, for all manner of sexual problems and other things, let’s kill all deformed children, better still let us kill all the unemployed and gypsies, worked in Germany, extreme of cause but it did happen to an educated and great nation. Let’s do away with parent’s rights then we will be free to do what we want with children. This of cause sound incredible, to me having my right taken from me is also increadable. Well Hitler had his youth well organised, had his legal brothels, had his gas chambers had his way, yet the Germans are a good and upright nation. Are we a good and upright nation, I would hope so, hence should not be herded like sheep while the leaders of the land make executive decisions in opposition to the general public.

40 years ago if pornography and today’s non existent sex standards had been introduced into the media or land; there would have been an uproar and all would have been thrown out. What has taken place is the insidious “drip by drip, here a little there a little” until the nation is drenched with sexual corruption, drug problems and drink disorders. So it is with parental rights, a slow dripping away of freedom, until we are led into a state of captivity. The 1,000 years of freedom wiped away in a matter of years. The saddest indictment for our wonderful country is that no one in authority seems to care; the cry of one lone voice is trodden underfoot with derision.

Once again please point me in the direction where I might have a personal input into this topic, including an interview with Mr Balls, who I understand is spearheading this movement.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Smith.

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