So it’s pretty well known that abstinence-only sex ed doesn’t work. All that does is allow myths and misconceptions that teenagers have about sex continue, and even get worse. Utah lawmakers had the bright idea to not only demand abstinence-only sex ed, but completely bans students from taking to teachers about pre-marital sex, contraceptives, and homosexuality.
From Fox13: “After the new bill goes into effect, the teaching of sex education in Utah classrooms has to be about not having sex before marriage and fidelity within marriage. Teachers cannot advocate the use of contraceptives anymore and they cannot talk about homosexuality, even if asked by a student.
HB 363 would also allow any Utah school to opt out of sex education and would ban students from talking to their teachers about pre-marital sex.
“My problem is that we’re having essentially complete strangers teaching our children, who frankly we don’t know who they are and exactly what they’re teaching, with the most sensitive issues that do belong in the home,” said one Republican Senator during Tuesday’s floor debate.”
This does nothing to help the students, nothing at all. I don’t think the lawmakers will realize where kids will go to learn about sex next, the internet. While there’s some great information about sex, odds are that’s not where the kids will go to learn. Now that’s a scary thought.
The Governor still has to sign the bill, but no word yet as to whether he will or not.