Monday, December 10, 2012

This May Come As A Shock...

... but yes, this happened in Massachusetts.

High school's condom fliers prompt review by principal
The principal of a Massachusetts high school is reviewing a school-sanctioned sexual education course after a parent complained that a flier about the class advocated condom use.

According to the Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield High School Principal Tracey Benson received the complaint from parent Bruce Radke, who saw a list of 32 phrases -- described as “Condom Sayings” -- that was passed out to about 15 students, including Radke’s daughter Aleisha, a junior at the school.

Now, they list a couple of the "sayings" and of they two they chose - "Practice safe sex -- make love with a Trojan" and "Condoms are easier to change then [sic] diapers" - they don't sound all that scandalous. Now, it's quite possible they found the two least objectionable sayings, of course, but this is a high school course - it has to be somewhat catchy and edgy or they'll just shrug it off like everything else.

The irony is thick, though - students can get free birth control, no questions asked, and the school is prohibited from contacting the parents. Yet if that same kid brought a bottle of Tylenol in from home for a headache, they'd be in a world of hurt for violating the drug policy. I don't find anything wrong with the course - provided it really is geared towards reducing pregnancy and the spread of disease - it just strikes me as how upside down everything is when a high schooler can get free birth control but not a Motrin.

Then again, no one ever said administrators ever made a lick of sense...

That is all.

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6 comments:

Old NFO said...

Those that can, do; those that can't, teach... remember that!

Mule Breath said...

It appears that there are good reasons for "advocating" condom use. A report I found discussing the results of two studies found that over 60% of female and over 70% of male 12th graders in that county were engaging in sex. The report also made the conclusion,

"In Pittsfield, the teen birth rate increased 41% between 1996 and 2008. In the same time period, there was a 31% decrease in the state rate."

There is also a blogger from that town with some interesting things to say.

Dave H said...

Old NFO: ...and those that can't teach, administrate.

Jay G said...

I really don't have a problem with these programs - leaving aside the fact that this is the sort of thing that should (emphasis on should) be taught in the home, not something that should be relegated to the school (Not a dig on the school system, so much as the lack of parental responsibility).

It's the schizophrenic nature of the system that allows graphic sex ed but sends my kid home with a note telling him he can't wear his "Excalibur" t-shirt because it has a weapon on it that gets me...

Sabra said...

It is a crazy double standard, but it's one I can understand. I had a good friend as a child (she was much older than I) whose mother had to sneak her off to get birth control, as an adult who lived at home, because her father would have reacted very poorly if he knew she was having sex. Sadly, that sort of thing is not uncommon. There are men out there who would react very very poorly toward their daughters if the dear sweet things stopped being virginal. I hate that my rights as a parent get trampled on because of other idiotic parents, but I've seen the other side.

Mule Breath said...

Sabra has it nailed (no pun intended.) We live in a patriarchal society where boys get a wink and a nod while girls get shunned. We were getting past that for awhile, but seems like the patriarchs are intent on hard driving us back into the dark ages.

While young, sexually active girls often cannot get personal birth control, they can easily obtain condoms... and if they're smart this is exactly what they will do.

So much for the rantings of an old libtard.