Sex education in schools is a hot topic, but the decision to hand out condoms in elementary school is fueling the fire of debate once more. What else are parents signing up for? Middle school abortions without parental consent or notification? Yes!
1995: Making Condoms Available In High Schools to Fight AIDS
Condoms in high schools may sound like a concession to the failure of abstinence-only programs, but in 1995 it was more a nod to the reality of life and the danger of AIDS. Back then, the New York Times reported that Roslyn High School took the then-controversial stance of making condoms available to students on demand.
Gone would be the days of unprotected teen sex, embarrassing moments at the drugstore checkout counter and the possibility of contracting a deadly disease. As a nod to parents’ rights, the teens’ parents did have the choice to opt out.
2010: Elementary School Condoms to Help Sexually Active Children “Stay Safe”
Provincetown, Massachusetts, has decided to hand out condoms in elementary school. As outlined by KSLA 12 News, the school board approved the measure which – as opposed to the initial movement that put condoms in high schools – expressly does away with parental consent. Thus, any child enrolled within the school district – regardless of age – will have access to free condoms without a parent ever finding out about it.
Los Angeles Unified School District: Condoms in High School and Middle School Abortions
The parent handbook published by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) specifies that “school authorities may excuse any pupil in grades 7 through 12 from the school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the parent or guardian.”
In a somewhat ironic twist, the LAUSD is making condoms available in high schools — all schools, really — but offers parents the opportunity to opt out. Parents cannot opt out of their children’s “obtaining confidential medical services.”
Elementary School Condoms and the Slippery Slope of Lacking Parental Consent
It is well known that parental involvement in school matters is spotty at best. Hands-on parenting is gradually going by the wayside as well, with the function of raising a child frequently being outsourced to daycare providers, schools, after-school programs and the state.
There are plenty of arguments for and against the sex education in schools, elementary school condoms, middle school abortions without parental consent and also condoms in high schools. There is, however, no decisive argument in favor of forcibly pushing parents out of their roles as consent givers. And yet, parent sign their rights away – bit by bit – each year during re-enrollment time. Go figure.