So, some of the local school boards are about to start more realistic sex education classes for middle school students. Pushing the envelope, the local paper says, and then goes on to indicate that students will be taught that abstinence is best, but that if they decide to have sex, there are some things they should know, like, how to put a condom on properly ...
If they decide to have sex? Oh, spare me! Can I get a witness here?
Has telling teenagers they shouldn't have sex ever stopped them from trying, at any time, any where in the entire history of humankind?
Does anybody really believe it ever will?
Teenagers are walking hormone storms. Nothing you can say scares them. They are bulletproof, going to live forever, and any parental or teacher advice on smoking, drinking, or safe driving is like speaking to tree stumps. Won't happen to me. Somebody else, maybe, but not me.
It's been a long time since I was a teenager, but as I recall, the admontions about saving yourself for marriage were about as effective on my peer group as trying to fly by jumping off a building and flapping your arms.
I see no indication that the subsequent generations are different in this regard.
It's better that they know what to do than not -- and unfortunately, the ones who most need to learn are probably the ones whose parents will opt them out of the classes because they don't think the schools should be teaching such vile things. And the schools shouldn't have to, but so many parents don't. The numbers of teenagers who think you can't get pregnant the first time you do it, or if you stand up, or if you aren't married, are staggering.
There ought to be a bowl of condoms at the entrance to every middle and high school in the country, and detailed instructions on how to use them.
They are gonna do it anyway. Better they have some knowledge and protection against pregnancy and disease than not.