“In Wisconsin, children under age 17 who have sex with each other can be prosecuted as juveniles. Seventeen-year-olds who have sex with one another can be convicted as adults of a misdemeanor.”
Perhaps the Wisconsin schools should just teach the legal consequences when discussing sex ed. Of course, legal consequences may not stop teens, who often feel invulnerable. Have legal consequences stopped kids from drinking or smoking pot? No.
Frankly, I don’t see how teaching about contraceptives can be argued to be “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.” He’s arguing that teaching sex ed is the *reason* kids have sex.
It would make more sense to outlaw dating, or private meetings between people under the age of 18. Sexual activity between teens occurs when they are alone, right? So anyone who lets kids be alone together is also “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.” Ban dating instead!
BTW, my son is just finishing up at a public HS, and had “sex ed.” I reviewed all the materials, of course. and there was no promotion of homosexuality. There was always a discussion of proper behavior, respect of partner, and consequences. So the sort of program you describe isn’t happening here at least.
Yes they aren’t everywhere. I am glad that your son didn’t encounter one of the perverse programs out there. Our school system has an abstinence based program. They teach consequences and about STDs etc. My husband helps teach the courses.
I don’t think teaching contraception is the responsibility of the school. Sex education really isn’t either but since they are going to have something taught, I would argue for an abstinence/consequence based program.
BTW, dating has been outlawed in our home. We are raising our children for courtship. I know your ban dating was spoken tongue in cheek. I have told several people that if I was widowed and looking to remarry, I wouldn’t put myself alone in a car with a man. I surely wouldn’t put my 17 year old daughter in a car with a 17 year old boy.
It could be argued that teaching underage minors about contraception comes with the tacit assumption that you want them to have sex.
Funny story that happened two weeks ago.
My husband, a youth pastor, was talking with about 60 students at our local Jr high school. He told them not to be in a place/situation that you aren’t prepared to face. Then he told them the story of David and Bathsheba without using their names or telling the class that the story was from the Bible. In the beginning of the story, it says “in a time that kings were gone out to war”. David was the King and he should have been at war instead of on that rooftop where he could see Bathsheba. After the class a young man came up to him and said that he knew where that story was from, it was from that Babylon movie. My husband just smiled.
I homeschool, and have taught my own children a “Comprehensive Course”. Granted, these are my own children so that makes it different. I also know that the information they have is combined with numerous discussion through the course of life about all aspects of life - including sexuality, consequences, beliefs (morals), etc... But, the teaching about contraception and diseases, etc... doesn’t interfere with my teaching to them the basic moral fundamentals.
They are also far too aware of the hardships that face young couples who find themselves pregnant before they are married and ready financially — my husband and I started out that way, and they see how hard it is to get out from behind that 8-ball, so to speak...
Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that with my own four daughters they are very informed, and very consistent in their beliefs despite knowing “all” the info. They are all Pro-Life, and “Pro-Waiting”. What should be allowed, IMHO, is the teaching of both because it IS true that some parents neglect teaching this crucial information - period.
Again, this is all JMHO. I have also seen some of the “info” that passes for educational material in some places courtesy of groups like GLSEN, and those teachers might be more the type that should be facing a DA vs. the average teacher, esp. in WI...