Given today's announcement the Sarah Palin's daughter is pregnant at the age of 17, it seems appropriate to shed some light on the differences between candidates when it comes to sex education.
It is simple, Sarah Palin and John Mc Cain support only "abstinence based sex education programs", while Barack Obama and Joe Biden support "sensible, community-driven education for children because, among other things, he believes it could help protect them from pedophiles. A child's knowledge of the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching is crucial to keeping them safe from predators." Get that folks, age appropriate science based information that keeps kids safe. Materials that have been created by public health educators are used all over the country and have been proven to work. When more than half of the STDs and HIV in this country is contracted by people under the age of 25, comprehensive sex education is a must.
Abstinence sex ed programs tell kids that saying no is their ONLY option. Having gone all my life to Catholic school, even WE were given more information than that. Thank goodness. Comprehensive programs address issues like what are appropriate touches, birth control, the dangers of HIV and consequences of sexual behaviors. Geez, I know plenty of ADULTS who could use a refresher on that! Is having those kind of discussions with folks who are trained to have these discussions with kids a bad thing? It seems it only can help them in the real world, when "No, really means NO! or when teens really do "love each other". 85% of Americans said they support sex education programs.
More over, most sex education programs have opt-out options. If a parent is opposed, then they can pull their child from the program. So if you feel that you can do a better job and talking about the bird and the bees with your kids, then feel free. It's your choice. I know that after my kids have that talk, I'll be following up the session to make sure all their questions were answered and to advise them to wait. But that is MY job as a parent. Schools are there to ensure to that my child gets the basic facts, right?
Sarah Palin and John McCain with their screwed up values don't get to take that choice away from me.