Thank you Tova7 for writing this article and promoting discussion on government school sex education.
So my question is to you parents and former students out there....how does/did your school district handle sex education?
I received a superb public education in the mid 50's and 60's. Then, only facts and subject matter on good health, diet, and hygeine were taught in the classroom. Of 250 graduationg in my class, one girl was pregnant and she married her boyfriend and was still married at our last class reunion.
Along with federal law, each state has their own education laws stating their education philosophy.
Federal Public Law 96-88, Title I, Section 101 states:
“…Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children, and states, localities and private institutions have the primary responsibility for supporting that parental role.”
And Maine Education Law, Title 20, Section 1221, which is still on the books states:
“Instructors in public or private institutions shall use their best endeavors to impress upon the minds of the children and youth committed to their care and instruction the principles of morality and justice and a sacred regard for truth; of love of country, humanity and a universal benevolence; the great principles of humanity as illustrated by kindness to birds and animals and regard for all factors which contribute to the well-being of man; industry and frugality; chastity, moderation and temperance; and all other virtues which ornament society; and to lead those under their care, as their ages and capacities admit, into a particular understanding of the tendency of such virtues to preserve and perfect a republican constitution, secure the blessings of liberty and to promote their future happiness.”
I think mine was the last generation whose education philosophy and actual teaching was in compliance with both US and State law. Then, the concept of institutionalizing 13 years of sex instruction as a legitimate subject in grades K-12 seemed utterly absurd given that no one of the generations before us ever had to learn the role of sex in human life. Then people understood that the finer details of teaching human sexuality is the right and duty of parents and NOT that of the State, school boards, teacher's unions, or radical ideologues.
Now, public schools, through school board implementation of the curriculums of Planned Parenthood (and other so called "family planning" organizations), have become more human resource centers attending more to the physical, social and mental health of children. Many schools have their own clinic.