Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Abstinence Only in Kansas

The Kansas Board of Education is at it again, working hard to live up to every stereotype of narrow-minded theocratic moralists those of us on the left can dream up. Yesterday, they were in the paper for hassling the Blue Valley School District for including Song of Solomon on its approved reading list.

Today, they are in the paper for taking up a requirement that each student take a nine-consecutive-week course on abstinence until marriage at least once in sixth through ninth grades.

Nine weeks?

Nine weeks?!?!

What in the world would those lesson plans look like? What kind of homework would be assigned? What could kids do to earn extra credit?

What if you do poorly? Would a bad grade in "abstinence" help or hurt your college applications? Alternatively, wouldn't ugly kids with bad personalities be the teachers' pets in this class?


Anonymous travelingal said...

At the other extreme, Massachusetts

4/11/2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Pardon my cynicism, but I tend not to believe a 6 year-old story from the WorldNutDaily site.

4/11/2006 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just made me laugh for a good five minutes with that one. You know, I have a neice who is 14 years old, and she is in one of those classes in Richmond. She says that they teach masturbation and things of that nature. Now my only question is, how comfortable are those discussions? Also, do I want the gym teacher (I remember what he/she/it looked like) teaching her these things. What classes are these types of classes replacing? Art? Music?> Yes, I would much rather her learn the wonders of masterbation than to learn about Van Gogh or Mozart. Anyway, thanks for keeping me laughing! ttym

4/11/2006 7:18 PM  
Blogger pomegranate said...

Great post.

4/12/2006 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really sent a chill down my spine. What would become of the world if under-age boys and girls abstained from sex?

Let's see:

1. George Tiller out of business or downsizing significantly.
2. Fewer STD's
3. Fewer unplanned pregnancies.
4. Fewer shotgun weddings.
5. Fewer single parents on welfare.

Wow! Frightening!

4/24/2006 8:46 PM  

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