Schools have a hard time teaching kids the basics, but feel like they have to take on sex education too. Apparently teaching students isn’t enough. They want to teach parents as well.
The Education Interim Committee on Wednesday is scheduled to discuss a bill that would require the state school board to develop a sex education training program for parents. The idea is that parents could then use the information they learned, along with an online program, to teach their kids about the birds and the bees in the privacy of their own homes.
The bill wouldn’t change sex education offerings in schools, and it would be free and voluntary for parents. But the bill would address an argument often cited by opponents of HB363 earlier this year — that schools should teach sex education because not all parents have the desire or knowledge to teach it themselves.
“My belief is the discussion really should be about parental responsibility,” said Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, who plans to sponsor the bill. “Our first instinct shouldn’t be to turn this over to the education community … It should first start in the home.”
They mean well, but is this really the role for schools? I don’t think so and frankly since there isn’t a plan to scale back sex education in the schools as a result why do it?