There is no question that our country is preoccupied with sex. Not just prettied up white-wedding sex. Christina Aguilera dirty sex, too. Sex, as they say, sells and in
Western civilization has always had a love/hate relationship with knowledge. It may have gotten us kicked out of
A reasonable predictor of a group’s success lies in how it handles the welfare of its youngest generation. By necessity, we invest a tremendous amount in our young people, and it is in the best interest of everyone to see them safely through danger. Topping the list of landmines they may encounter are those stemming from a lack of accurate sexual education. Teen pregnancy and STDs are the tip of the iceberg, creating nearly insurmountable obstacles to success and contributing to the cycles of poverty and general hopelessness that form the ugly dark side of the Land of the Free.
For opponents, this is a moral issue. They feel premarital abstinence has been clearly prescribed to us by our Creator, and that it is the only guaranteed preventative for the aforementioned social ills. This desire to transform personal morality into state mandate would be forgivable if it were effective. Fortunately for public policy makers, reliable information gathered through peer-reviewed studies shows that “abstinence only” proves a miserable failure on multiple levels. When these guilt-based programs fail and the graduates do engage in sexual relations, they do so without the knowledge required to be safe and responsible. Even if premarital virginity is miraculously preserved, the potential risks of sex do not end at the wedding alter. Biology, it seems, is largely unimpressed with human cultural tradition, as unwanted pregnancies and disease occur inside of wedlock as well.
As our nation’s ongoing obsession with sex continues, we have a simple choice to make. That decision is not whether or not to teach our children about sex, but rather who will be the instructors. We either equip our schools with open, honest, and medically accurate sex-ed curricula, or we continue to allow our children to learn the facts of life from Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.