|Parent says Pines assignment provoked sex|
Letter to the Editor:
I was taken back from a health assignment brought home by my son who goes to Northland Pines High School. The assignment titled “Am I Ready?” asks a series of questions that provoke and encourage sex.
It begins, “What are my morals and religious views about sex before marriage?” Followed by “How will I feel if I go against my beliefs?” I was surprised to see religious questions being asked regarding sex. Where is the separation of church and state?Another example, “Am I comfortable being naked with my partner and seeing my partner naked?” First of all, I am appalled. Are there actually parents who are going to sit down and ask their 15-year-old child how they feel about being naked with their partner? Let’s be reminded, these are minors, not married partners.
In addition, encouragement of such relationships could land a son such as mine in jail in a few years, should a parent decide his “casual sexual relationship” with his minor daughter is something he is going to call the police about. Will Northland Pines take responsibility for supporting and provoking behavior that could ruin my son’s life?
The questions go on to ask about: “What type of birth control will we use? Where will he buy it? Who will pay?” “Have we discussed our past sexual relationships and being tested for STDs?”
Lacking is any mention at all of abstinence. Wisconsin Statute 118.019 clearly states teaching: “Abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried pupils.” Followed by “Emphasizes that abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.” As a parent, this would be my first approach and is clearly never suggested in this inappropriate waste of my tax dollars.
Wouldn’t mailing a questioner directly to parents be more sensible? As legal guardians, wouldn’t it be proper to give us first choice to discuss private and sensitive subjects with our children?
After realizing what was included in this assignment, I asked the school not to give him any more suggestions on his readiness for premarital sex. I stated that I do not want him being exposed to curriculum that invades our religious beliefs.
My husband and I do not feel Northland Pines School District is the proper source to be suggesting such behavior from our children. I send my son to school to learn about reading, writing, arithmetic and academics, period. I do not send my son to school to learn about how a “new world view” or a broken culture feels he should conduct himself in his personal life.
While many believe parents are not teaching their kids about these issues, I believe the majority of parents and children would appreciate their personal lives being left alone. Schools should spend their time focusing on getting kids prepared for their future careers. Teachers are not sexual behavioral experts or trained to be life coaches.
|Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:29 AM|