Education

Sex education should be mandatory in all schools


Roland Martin says sex is a fact of life and schools should offer factual information on it as part of a curriculum

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NYC should be commended for mandating sex education, Roland Martin says
  • Safe sex and abstinence must be dealt with in an educational setting, he says
  • Martin: While abstinence is definitely safest, we have to accept reality.There are few things more annoying than listening to ignorant, whiny parents complain about a school district teaching their children about sex.

    How in the world do we say it’s OK for schools to teach our children about math, science, history, and numerous other subjects, yet then get high and mighty with righteous indignation when biology is taken a step further to focus on sex?

    Too many parents live in denial about their children having sex, and somehow saying you’ll handle the tough stuff is living in fantasy land.

    The city of New York should be commended for not bowing to the blowhards and confronting the reality of sex in America by mandating a sex education curriculum beginning in 2012.

    Whether it’s safe sex practices or even abstinence, all of these issues must be dealt with in an educational setting, because when we look at the teen pregnancy rates, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, it only makes sense to have as much education as possible.

    Taxes and death are considered two undeniably realities of life. I would say that sex is right behind those two.

    I recall as an elementary student, as well as in middle school and high school, taking classes that dealt with sex. Yes, elementary school. It was done properly and smartly, and was needed. Did it prevent children from getting pregnant too soon? I can’t say for sure. But I can definitely say knowing more about a topic than less is crucial.

    Now let’s deal with the abstinence-only nuts who act as if anything else shouldn’t be taught. Yes, I’m talking directly to The NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition.

    They are upset with videos demonstrating how to put on a condom, as well as other aspects of the sex education curriculum.

    Folks, y’all are flat out crazy if you want to encourage parents to opt out of sex education by making it more about abstinence and nothing else. Why can’t both take place? Abstinence is definitely the safest of all safe sex measures, but there is also a point when we have to accept reality.

    Talk to school teachers and administrators and they will tell you that students as young as middle school are engaging in oral sex, and there is the belief that that really doesn’t count as sex. Yet anyone with half a brain knows that to be the case.

    If kids are out there having oral sex, they sure as heck need to know that doing so without protection can be life-altering.

    But such parents groups prefer to stick their heads in the sand. They find such talk unseemly and think such frankness should be left between child and parent.

    Not me. As a Jesus lovin’ Christian, I’m about real talk, and if that means dealing with sex directly, let’s go for it.

    Educators and city officials in New York should fully brace themselves for the onslaught. Right-thinking folks are tired of seeing young folks coming back HIV-positive or dealing with a pregnancy at 16.

    I have nine nieces and four nephews, and I would be fully supportive of them being taught about sex education in school. Forget shying from a tough subject. If we are going to equip our children for tomorrow, then sex needs to be dealt with in a smart, productive and educational setting by professionals.

    It’s clear that parents aren’t as dependable on some matters as they like to delude themselves into believing.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Sex education should be mandatory in all schools

  1. I am not against teaching sex education but I’m not sure it is the biggest priority for younger Primary aged kids.

    Posted by Michael G. | 30/10/2011, 01:15
  2. “There are few things more annoying than listening to ignorant, whiny parents complain about a school district teaching their children about sex.”

    “The city of New York should be commended for not bowing to the blowhards and confronting the reality of sex in America by mandating a sex education curriculum beginning in 2012.”

    “Now let’s deal with the abstinence-only nuts who act as if anything else shouldn’t be taught. Yes, I’m talking directly to The NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition.”

    “Educators and city officials in New York should fully brace themselves for the onslaught. Right-thinking folks are tired of seeing young folks coming back HIV-positive or dealing with a pregnancy at 16.”

    Lets see how you classify parents that don’t think like you: “ignorant”, “blowhards”, “abstinence-only nuts”.

    Sounds more to me that you are a pompous, arrogant, condescending, “holier-than’thou”‘ left-wing, liberal socialist who thinks the government should talk the role of the parent because they think they know better than parents about their own children!!

    You sir are the main reason there are problems with this country; cry equal time, the right to view both sides yet, when it comes to an opinion contrary to yours – they’re “ignorant”, “nuts” and “blowhards”!

    How totally arrogant and self-absorbed!! In case you don’t know – you’re sh_t does stink – as does your pompous arrogance!

    ” How in the world do we say it’s OK for schools to teach our children about math, science, history, and numerous other subjects, yet then get high and mighty with righteous indignation when biology is taken a step further to focus on sex?”

    And tell me; how well has the U.S. public education system, run by the Department of Education (the government) done in teaching math, science, history and numerous other subjects!!??

    And you want to, in your enlightened way, give the parental responsibility of people’s children to the government when it comes to sex education!!??? REALLY!! Now who’s the “nut”; who’s “ignorant”; who’s the “blowhard”!!??

    Biology does teach about reproduction, maturation, function of the organs involved with maturation – there is no need to involved pure sex education with respect to morals, right and wrong behavior or anything that IS the responsibility of the child’s parents!!

    I will teach my daughter about the functions of sex relative to morality, right and wrong, health risks – and benefits, desires, arousal, etc., etc., etc! And yes, maybe even some of our religious views and beliefs.

    But the bottom-line is, I am the parent, that is MY child; you have not right to project your views about an issue that is non-academic onto another’s child, nor does the federal, state or local government!

    And if you want to relinguish your parent responsibility to some government agency – for whatever reason – that is your right; but do it on your own time, with your dime – not mine!!

    When parents, like you, start to freely abandon your obligations and responsibilities as parenmts and citizens – you have openly promoted a socialiost society and totaly government control!

    Gos Bless America; and help her if people like you have your way!

    Posted by Daniel S. Markham | 31/10/2011, 13:02

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