The More You Don't Know

tmyk_logo.png I heard a story on NPR this morning about the State of Texas distributing its new Health textbooks to students in public schools across the state. These books make absolutely no mention of contraceptives at all. I would like to extend my personal gratitude to George W. Bush who seems to have made a career in promoting the idea that knowing all the facts is not necessary when making important decisions.

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The NPR story starts by saying that text has the highest teen pregnancy rate, but there was an important piece of information left out, that the rate of teen pregnancy saw a large spike after, then governor, George W. Bush instituted abstinence only education.

There was a very good piece in the New York Times last year titled the Secret War on Condoms, which I think is a must read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/10/opinion/10KRIS.html

I must respectfully disagree with you. Teeenagers who are living under their parents' roof, and being fed and clothed by them, have no business going out to have sex, whether they're using contraceptives or not. There will be time for that later . . . the best use of their time should be focused on learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. If they want to learn about contraceptives, there's nothing to stop them from going to the public library, Barnes & Nobles or Borders. Heck . . . there's even Amazon that they can order from.

Lola - thank you for your comment. On one had I agree with you, and in a private school I would say "teach the kids what you want and serve the private interests of the schools' parents," but I believe a public school has a duty to the public interest and to public health - and that ultimately has priority, especially when we are talking about the health of our children.



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  • Lola - thank you for your comment. On one had I agree with you, and in a private school I would say "teach the kids what you want and serve the private interests of the schools' parents," but I believe a public school ha...

  • I must respectfully disagree with you. Teeenagers who are living under their parents' roof, and being fed and clothed by them, have no business going out to have sex, whether they're using contraceptives or not. There ...

  • The NPR story starts by saying that text has the highest teen pregnancy rate, but there was an important piece of information left out, that the rate of teen pregnancy saw a large spike after, then governor, George W. Bu...

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