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.
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.”
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.”