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View Diary: Thanks to abstinence teaching, Elizabeth Smart felt 'I'm that chewed up piece of gum' (162 comments)

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  •  I'm going to guess it was what we call here (9+ / 0-)

    in Utah a "Seminary" class that E Smart was in, not a health class.  She's not that much older than my own kids.  "Seminary" is an LDS thing where LDS kids can take a class in LDS doctrine and scriptures.  The "seminaries" are across the street from every high school so as to keep church and state separate, of course.  But most LDS kids (and even non-LDS ones) are strongly encouraged and pressured to take a "seminary" class every year.  Those of us who aren't LDS may have our kids do "release time" where we may indoctrinate them as we see fit, or they may just attend a regular class of their choosing (and yes, there had to be a lawsuit fairly recently for "release time" to be an option for those whose parents objected to LDS indoctrination being part of the public high school curriculum).  
    I've had one son go through high school health here, and he never mentioned the class being split into male and female.  I know the jr. high kids are not split that way.  They just all turn bright red together.  My daughter's high school health class will be covering sex ed next week. It does look to be strongly biased toward abstinence only. The permission slip I had to sign for her to be taught anything about human anatomy or sexuality states the following:

    The following are NOT approved by the State Board of Education for instruction and may not be taught
    The intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation or erotic behavior;
    The advocacy of homosexuality;
    The advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices;
    The advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage.

    In accordance with Utah State Board of Education Rule R277-474-6-D, teachers may respond to spontaneous student questions for the purposes of providing accurate data or correcting inaccurate or misleading information or comments made by students in class regarding human sexuality.
    --snip--
    The curriculum for this course includes instructions and/or discussions about the topics in this box:
    • reproductive anatomy and health
    • human reproduction
    • information on self-exams
    • date rape
    • contraception,including condoms*
    • HIV and AIDS (including modes of transmission)
    • sexually transmitted diseases
    (terms of a sensitive/explicit nature may be defined)
    *Factual,unbiased information about contraception and condoms may be presented as part of this course (only if the box above is checked). Demonstrations on how to use condoms or any contraceptive means, methods, or devices are prohibited and are NOT authorized.

    If she is told that she will be worth as much as a chewed up piece of gum should she have sex outside of marriage, I will have strong words for her teacher, and correction of misinformation of her.  I think she already knows better.

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Tue May 07, 2013 at 09:46:42 AM PDT

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