I claim that the people who support HB363 are standing up, not as a claim that the state takes better care of kids than parents, but as a path for further education IN ADDITION to the jobs parents do at home. Just because my parents had sex and had me doesn’t make them the expert and all-knowing expert on sex, contraception and std’s, or myself for that matter 🙂
Why is it so threatening to further a child’s knowledge? If they already know it all from the parents, great 🙂 Now they have two places where they have learned the information. The assumption is that this bill offers the addition of further or more education for a child. What’s wrong with more education and knowledge? It’s a health issue and this bill stands for an educated society.
HB363 keeps the choice of “opting out” of the program that all parents have the opportunity to do today. If anything, this bill gives back some choice for the parent to have a “say” in what their children learn at school about this subject. Many parent’s “opt in” to public schools. Public schools are viewed as “learning institutions”. I’m just saying, let them learn.
This bill keeps “choice” as an option in the children’s knowledge of sexual health in the “opted in” public schools by the parents. This is not about, “who knows better”, it’s about giving our children knowledge about this health issue and not limiting their education about this subject. Public schools do exist and while it might not be the most desired by those who would rather see government out of people lives, while they exist, I will stand up for the option of allowing the students of public education to
be more educated than less on this subject.
“No one knows best”, I agree, but I’m not talking about “best”, I’m standing up for
having a knowledgeable child, who can then grow up and make their “best” decision, out of knowledge, not ignorance or incomplete teachings. I say learn it from the parents AND any other type of educational program. One doesn’t have to be exclusive to the other.
When people send their children to a public school, they are “agreeing” to what is taught. If they don’t like what is taught, they can take their children out and teach them themselves, or supplement at home or even fight for the content of the curriculum. This is a question about “what is taught” and keeping knowledge about their own sexual health is a disservice and dangerous to the students where the parent’s willfully send their children.
Parents send their children to public schools to get educated. That’s all I’m asking in support of this bill. Let the students be educated and gain knowledge as much as they can about this subject in regards to their health and safety, at home AND at school.
I would love to see government have less control in the lives of our families but as long as people send their kids to public schools, I will fight for the option of more knowledge when it comes to this issue. As long as kids are being sent to schools, I want students to gain in knowledge, not less, or at the very least, give parents back the option to “choose “out” of the curriculum for their kids.
While there are government run schools and parents continue to choose this option, I stand for this bill to keep choice an option for parents andto support more knowledge given to the students, not less.