When Utah imitates the Onion

I understand sex education isn’t a cut and dried issue. But parents demanding that schools teach their children the facts of life and outsourcing their responsibilities to schools? One is parody and one is not, but both are much too real for my comfort.

Increasing Number Of Parents Opting To Have Children School-Homed

According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home . . .

“Every year more parents are finding that their homes are not equipped to instill the right values in their children,” Miller said. “When it comes to important life skills such as proper nutrition, safe sex, and even basic socialization, a growing number of mothers and fathers think it’s better to rely on educators to guide and nurture their kids.”

Teens rally for sex education (via Our Thoughts)

But the teens and parents who marched to the Capitol had a much different take. They wore blue T-shirts proclaiming “Right to Know” on the front, and “Sex Ed” and a list of sponsors on the back. They carried signs saying “Teach me! I want to know,” and “Knowledge is power.” They ate sugar cookies and cupcakes decorated with the names of sexually transmitted diseases and phrases such as “health” and “sex ed” in frosting.

As they marched up State Street from Library Square to the Capitol, they chanted “What do we want? Sex education. When do we want it? Now,” and “One, two, three, four, ignorance no more.”

2 thoughts on “When Utah imitates the Onion

  1. Mark Brown

    David,

    It’s gotten to the point that any article in any newspaper, anywhere, which contains the words _Utah Legislature_ could have come straight from The Onion. The government of my home state has transformed itself into a punchline.

  2. jks

    This isn’t about parents abdicating responsibility. Do we feel like it is the parent’s responsibility to teach their child Geometry? World History?
    We educate our citizens so that by the time they are 18 they are literate adults with a basic education. How can we send adults out into the world without some basic education about where babies come from? This is science–biology.
    Even religious, moral, married adults need to know some basics.
    When a married, religious woman is pregnant how much can she learn in a 5 minute doctor appointment? Not nearly enough. Especially because doctors don’t even have you come in until you are 8 or 10 weeks pregnant.
    Before I became pregnant I read books and books about it. It would surprise you how little research most women and men do on their own before getting pregnant.
    Do I think the schools should give people a basic education that they can then build on later themselves? Yes.

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