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Sex ed: At home or at school?

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Upon learning that yet another state, Arizona, has rejected federal funding for abstinence-only sex education, Parents Council blog readers discuss whether the home or the school is the right place to learn about reproduction:

“I am a baby boomer so I learned about S-E-X from my dear aunt. I vowed that my kids would learn the facts of life from me and their father … and they did.

“We did not have them participate in the sex classes at school … felt that it would have been wasted time … besides we always felt that it was our responsibilty not the schools.” – Posted by Kathy

“Sex ed in the schools is a joke. I mean really, how seriously does a 15-year-old take Mrs. Abott, their health teacher, when she dons a condom on a banana?

“Kids get their info from their peers, who can be sadly misinformed, or from their parents. Even the coolest teacher’s state advocated curriculum is treated as a joke.

“I’ve reported on a number of these school board and health and human services meetings and the concensus from teens is that no one really takes sex ed in schools to heart.

“Not to say schools should throw in the towel, only that they should seriously consider the dollars thrown at a failing program.” – Posted by Cindy H.

“It is 100 percent the parents’ responsibility to teach sex ed, but it’s also the parents’ responsibility to teach about five dozen other things we’ve handed over to the schools.” – Posted by Jennine

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