By Rich Lowry
The Hendricks County Flyer
Thu Oct 04, 2012, 03:13 PM EDT
There can be no doubt the direction that the Big Apple's latitudinarian educrats want to go. According to Greg Pfundstein of the pro-life Chiaroscuro Foundation, one of the "homework" exercises in a proposed New York City sex-education curriculum that became controversial last year included a visit or a call to a "clinic" to find out its hours, what services it provides, and its confidentiality policy.
It can be harder to get an aspirin in some schools around the country than it is now to get Plan B in New York. The schools can give a synthetic female hormone to a girl as young as 14 without so much as a text message to her mom. If the children were given 24-ounce Mountain Dews, Mayor Michael Bloomberg would immediately cashier his schools chancellor. Such is the perverse value system of New York's nanny state that the program ran with no notice to the public - ho-hum - until the New York Post broke the story.
Surely, many parents of the kids in the affected schools aren't involved enough in their children's lives. But that doesn't mean schools should keep from them that their daughters are having unprotected sex and might be pregnant.
If easy, widespread access to contraception were the answer to teenage pregnancy, the New York schools would have solved the problem long ago. More access to the latest contraceptive technology isn't going to make a difference. It is true that the schools can't substitute for the discipline and values that kids aren't getting at home. But they shouldn't be the friend and the enabler of the sexually active teenager, either.
The schools should do everything they can to create an environment of rigor, with an overwhelming emphasis on future-oriented behavior. Instead, the New York City schools operate on the same mores as a Planned Parenthood clinic. Parents are a nuisance. No questions are asked. And teenage sex, which is inherently casual sex, is implicitly encouraged.
But don't worry. It will only get worse.
(c) 2012 by King Features Syndicate
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