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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Could sex have anything to do with it?

I'm just asking. The educational experts over at this high school in Canton, OH, blame the catastrophically high pregnancy rate on everything...except that which causes pregnancy.

Out of 490 females, 65 are pregnant. (Not a typo.) Yeah, it's probably just due to video games and movies, stuff like that.

5 Comments:

Anonymous midwestmom said...

"School officials are not sure what has contributed to so many pregnancies, but in response to them, the school is launching a three-prong educational program to address pregnancy, prevention and parenting."

Let me guess: 1. The pill, 2. Condoms, and 3. An introduction to oral sex!

6:53 AM

 
Blogger Patrick said...

The title may have been a typo -- I think it was "free-thong educational program."

7:14 AM

 
Anonymous Christene said...

Mock all you want, it doesn't change the fact there is clearly a problem here. And the school seems to be the only people in this equation taking any kind of action. However misguided, they are trying to be part of the solution and not the problem.

Where are the parents?

Are you saying the school is to blame? And, judgeing the schools reaction as misguided, unethical or wrong? I applaud them for stepping up in an unwinable battle.

If the parents won't teach their kids not to have sex then God bless the school for teaching them to use a condom!

7:21 PM

 
Anonymous midwestmom said...

"Where are the parents?"

Well, Christene, mom and dad are gone working at their crappy jobs because they, too, went to public school and were deprived of a decent education due to the fact that waaaay too much of their instructional time was eaten up by sex ed, drug ed, environmental ed, etc. What goes around....

8:47 PM

 
Blogger Patrick said...

Christene:

As you have not figured out yet, the condom generation and its liberal cheerleaders have inadvertently brought us to where we are. I taught high school for enough years to know that if you treat young people like rabbits, and you soon get baby bunnies. If sex before marriage is harmful and is related to suicide and depression (which it is) and perhaps -- dare I sound rigid and offensive -- *immoral,* then why not change our educational tactics? How sad to see young people sold so short by well-meaning adults. And how odd to applaud an effort to win an unwinnable battle.

Broken condoms don't cause pregnancy. Neither does birth control pills that are mis-prescribed or diaphragms that are incorrectly inserted.

Sexual intercourse causes pregnancy.

As long as we sell out to the, "Gee, they're gonna do it anyhow/we might as well teach 'em to to 'protect' themselves," then the shocking Canton statistic will become more and more common.

Let's be consistent and apply your logic elsewhere. Teen theft is rampant. I knew it as a teacher, and I knew how "popular" it was among a certain kind of teen crowd. But no common sense teacher or school administration will offer course on how to don a mask, how to cover up a security camera with masking tape, or how best to escape the cops if you get caught.

No.

You teach them that stealing is wrong -- against both teh natural moral law and God's explicit law. Both stealing and illicit sex are forthrightly described as wrong and harmful in Scripture. Either that's all bullcrap (or an "impossible ideal") or it's true.

I'm going to err on the side of chastity, which is the ONLY form of so-called birth control that has a 100% effectiveness rate. Until teens are ready to have births, they're strong and wise enough to have control.

With all due respect, your attitude contributes to the very problem you say you decry, and you don't even know it.

9:47 PM

 

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