Contrary to what critics might think, this does not mean that schools will be handing out condoms to everyone ....
The AP reports that, starting this school year, a five-year, $375 million grant will be divided among 28 school programs that have been proven to lower the pregnancy rate among participants, no matter their focus. Many programs will distribute condoms, but about half are focused on boosting teens' academics and getting them involved in extracurricular activities.
I've always been a firm believer (and I'm even more so now that I'm a parent) that if kids want to have sex, they will. Why not arm them with the tools that will keep them safe from teen pregnancy and STDs?
Look at Bristol Palin: Her household taught abstinence-only, and she went ahead and had sex and ended up pregnant. I wonder if her life would be where it is today if she had been armed with all the necessary information, including abstinence as one of many choices.
Think back to when you were a teen. If your parents told you not to do something, it made that something more interesting, right? The more they said "no," the more mystique there was around that thing. This has to be the case with sex.
If it's morals that you are concerned with, those are enforced in the home. We shouldn't leave it up to schools to do it for us. As parents, it's our job to not only be "up in our kids' business," but to help them filter through the flood of information that is thrown at them on a daily basis. Why would a sex ed lesson be any different? It should only be a supplement to what we are teaching at home.
Moms, what do you think about the new funding that supports teaching more than just abstinence to our kids?