By now, everyone must know about the flap generated by the Conference on World Affairs, held in a Boulder, Colorado, high school in April. That is where some participants in the "STDs: Sex, Teens and Drugs" panel suggested to teens that they could experiment with same-gender sex, take drugs, eschew condoms, along with other, less than responsible, advice.
I read through much of the transcript of the event and, to be fair, there was a lot of other content that amounted to the same feel-good, empty-headed, leftist drivel that we hear all the time. Lots of words, little import, considerable posturing and pontificating, mostly useless but not necessarily sinister information and opinions. However, the fact remains that things were said that have no place in a school, to students under the age of majority or consent, without express approval of the parents. I don't want anyone telling my son that it is OK to ignore all of the things I have taught him about responsible sex and respect for not only his mind and body, but everyone else's as well.
I have nothing against sex. I just don't want anyone infecting anyone else with the STD-of-the-day. I want people to treat each other with respect. How respectful is it to have indiscriminate and unprotected sex, thereby risking infecting everyone else you ever sleep with? How respectful is it to treat someone else simply as a tool for sexual gratification, to be discarded afterwards? I'm no prude and have no problem with recreational sex. It feels good. It's fun. And, while we are engaged in it, we aren't inclined to get into mischief like passing more laws or robbing banks. It remains, however, that sexual activity can be risky, and has potential for lifelong ramifications like diseases or unwanted pregnancy. It is not something to be engaged in lightly, without careful consideration beforehand.
Sex education, the practical and mechanical ins-and-outs of it, should be taught in school. The values and ethics of relationships and intimacy are best left to the parents. I don't want any social engineers interfering with what is my job. They are not up to the task.