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BY KEVIN DUBOUIS


The Utah state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow schools to prohibit instruction on sexual intercourse and ban discussion of homosexuality in class. KSTU reports.

“No sex before marriage and fidelity within marriage: a basic approach to teaching sex education in Utah’s schools just got a little more basic.”

Under current law, Utah school districts can chose to teach comprehensive or abstinence-based curriculum. In districts with comprehensive sex ed, parents can opt their kids out. The Huffington Post explains how the new bill changes things.

“The bill lifts the current requirement that all public schools must teach sex ed in grades 8 through 12. Districts would decide whether to offer sex ed classes that teach an abstinence-only curriculum, or not offer the course at all.”

Proponents of the bill say schools shouldn’t be in charge of sex education — it’s the parents’ job. The Salt Lake City Tribune has one lawmaker’s comments.

“To replace the parent in the school setting, among people who we have no idea what their morals are, we have no ideas what their values are, yet we turn our children over to them to instruct them in the most sensitive sexual activities in their lives, I think is wrongheaded.”


A number of Democratic lawmakers voted against the bill. Daily Herald has their concerns.

“Opponents to the bill worried that the lack of education on contraception to Utah’s children will result in higher rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and possibly abortions. They stated that children need to be able to have this education from their teachers.”

Advocates of abstinence-only sex education argue teaching teens about contraception and disease prevention encourages sexual behavior. An analyst for the conservative Sutherland Institute defends the bill.

“We promote abstinence as the gold standard and we don’t think that government or society should expect anything less of our children.”

One of the more controversial measures in the bill is the ban on discussing homosexuality — even if students ask questions. A writer for Think Progress suggests that’s dangerous policy.

“Additionally, the restrictions on discussing homosexuality will proliferate anti-gay stigma. … As they struggle to make sense of their identity and the way others may mistreat them, these students will now find no support from their teachers and administrators.”

The bill is now on the governor’s desk. As of Thursday morning, his office hadn’t announced whether it would sign the bill.

Utah State Moves to Drop Sex-Ed in Schools

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Mar 8, 2012

Utah State Moves to Drop Sex-Ed in Schools

(Image source: KSL)

 

BY KEVIN DUBOUIS


The Utah state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow schools to prohibit instruction on sexual intercourse and ban discussion of homosexuality in class. KSTU reports.

“No sex before marriage and fidelity within marriage: a basic approach to teaching sex education in Utah’s schools just got a little more basic.”

Under current law, Utah school districts can chose to teach comprehensive or abstinence-based curriculum. In districts with comprehensive sex ed, parents can opt their kids out. The Huffington Post explains how the new bill changes things.

“The bill lifts the current requirement that all public schools must teach sex ed in grades 8 through 12. Districts would decide whether to offer sex ed classes that teach an abstinence-only curriculum, or not offer the course at all.”

Proponents of the bill say schools shouldn’t be in charge of sex education — it’s the parents’ job. The Salt Lake City Tribune has one lawmaker’s comments.

“To replace the parent in the school setting, among people who we have no idea what their morals are, we have no ideas what their values are, yet we turn our children over to them to instruct them in the most sensitive sexual activities in their lives, I think is wrongheaded.”


A number of Democratic lawmakers voted against the bill. Daily Herald has their concerns.

“Opponents to the bill worried that the lack of education on contraception to Utah’s children will result in higher rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and possibly abortions. They stated that children need to be able to have this education from their teachers.”

Advocates of abstinence-only sex education argue teaching teens about contraception and disease prevention encourages sexual behavior. An analyst for the conservative Sutherland Institute defends the bill.

“We promote abstinence as the gold standard and we don’t think that government or society should expect anything less of our children.”

One of the more controversial measures in the bill is the ban on discussing homosexuality — even if students ask questions. A writer for Think Progress suggests that’s dangerous policy.

“Additionally, the restrictions on discussing homosexuality will proliferate anti-gay stigma. … As they struggle to make sense of their identity and the way others may mistreat them, these students will now find no support from their teachers and administrators.”

The bill is now on the governor’s desk. As of Thursday morning, his office hadn’t announced whether it would sign the bill.

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