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A Radical Suggestion

Posted By: Susan Williams on June 1, 2005
There are many, many parents like me who don't want to make trouble for people struggling with homosexuality, or make them lose their jobs, even though I wish they wouldn't take school jobs in the first place. On the other hand, they are OUR children and it's OUR money paying for K-12 education. So it's crazy to propose that we shouldn't have any say about this at all.

For those of us (the vast majority) who don't want the GLBT lifestyle modeled as acceptable for our children, how about this system: if a teacher is going to "come out" in the classroom as pro-GLBT in any way, shape or form, then we should allow that, but we also should give parents advance notice, the semester before, so that they can opt their child into the classroom of someone who will keep sex out of the classroom entirely, or if any comments or activities related to sexual orientation are undertaken, will support the mainstream morals and values of the families whose children they are being paid with our tax dollars to teach.

You could call it a "pro-choice" system that is fair to parents and teachers alike, and it might cut 'way down on litigation costs because the schools have exercised due caution and followed parents' wishes.

The same "opt-out" and "opt-in" system ought to be used for sex education. Parents should be able to opt their children in to a sex ed class of short duration that matches their values. Those parents who want their children instructed in sex techniques, shown pictures of genitals, told where and how to get an abortion, led in group discussions about private sexual activities, told how to prevent STD's and so forth, can opt in to a "comprehensive" class. Those of us who want sex ed to align with our values -- chastity, self-control, prudence, and fidelity -- ought to have a choice for a G-rated, "where babies come from and that's about it" type of class. It shouldn't take more than about a week of classes to teach this stuff, too. It sure shouldn't take a whole quarter or semester.

That "pro-choice" system also ought to cut down on litigation costs, since I predict a wave of lawsuits against school districts for such claims as "wrongful birth" since with "comprehensive" sex education, the schools are "enabling" the kids to have premarital promiscuous sex behind their parents' backs.
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