Since parents have decided that the well-being of their children is not important, I suppose it is, unfortunately, up to the public education system to educate children on certain matters that parents should be. But I think it's being done horribly wrong.
When promoting the use of condoms and other birth control methods they are condoning the practice itself. Say what you will about "they're going to do it anyway", but that's a pretty lame excuse. If we used this for everything we'd have anarchy. Yes, a lot of kids will choose to have sex no matter what you tell them, but many can be rescued if we take the time to examine the situation logically.
Abstinence only education will not work, unfortunately, because kids are taught through entertainment and media that this is an ackward and irrational idea. Outright teaching of the use of contraceptives is also wrong, because, as I stated above, that will only encourage kids to have sex. Like giving them the right and telling them that it's ok. Truth is, it's not.
The best way to teach children the consequences of sex is to point out the clear dangers of irresponsible practice. STDs, pregnancies, emotional trauma, etc. All very good reasons to avoid having sex until it is responsible enough to do so. I think AV put it nicely:
Art Vandelay wrote:I would wager that more lives have been adversly affected by sex than by drugs.
Stopping with the dangers of sex obviously would not be the responsible thing to do from an educator’s standpoint, as it has become clear that kids don’t always listen to educators. From this point, I would discuss possible contraceptives, but indirectly
. Emphasize that, when ready, contraceptives are an effect means of preventing pregnancy between a couple not wishing to become pregnant.
Regarding AV’s above quote, you have to realize that there is a major different between sex and drugs. Sex is good, drugs are bad, mmmkay. There is no real way to practice the use of drugs responsibly, though some drugs are more harmless than others, while the practice of sex responsibly is a wonderful and healthy thing. That is exactly why drugs are illegal and sex is not.
I want to commend Chad for the unpopular stand he took. It is unfortunate, but I’ve found that the ones beating the tolerance drum are more likely to be less tolerant when their views are challenged. It’s a shame, but it’s a pattern that is being proven more and more. Like people using the race card for everything. Who’s the real racist?
I, too, am a God-fearing Christian and serve the same God that Chad does. I don’t practice religion and I have no religion. My faith is a way of life, not a religion. It took me a while to understand what this means, but after many mistakes I finally came to my senses to understand it as truth. Yes, I, too believe my faith enough to consider it fact. Like so many of you who believe what they practice as fact, I will also speak what I believe as fact, because I believe it is, therefore it is. I hope you understand what I’m trying to say here before jumping to conclusions and becoming ‘intolerant’ on me.