Jun 24, 2010

It's like giving a condom to a First Grader ...Oh, Wait

Linda, 

Ya don't blog...
Ya don't tweet...
Ya don't vlog...

I know. I know. I've been a bad girl. 
Actually, I've been a drained girl. We have been in Vacation Bible School all week. 
I'm teaching (14) five year olds.
Enough said?

I'm sitting here trying to catch up on all the news and current events, right?
Oh you know the kind....

Psychic Octopus predicting the World Cup results
Oprah rigging votes in her talkshow contest
Condoms for Kindergarteners 

HUH?
Come again.

school

The Governor of Massachusetts objects to the policy allowing elementary *YES ELEMENTARY* students the right to receive FREE condoms.

 He's also objecting to the part of the policy that PROHIBITS parents from finding out.
(If their child receives condom/sexual counseling).

:GULP:

Gov. Deval Patrick says:
"I don't want first-graders having access to condoms, but I don't want first-graders to be sexually active. And, frankly, I don't think the superintendent does, either. And I think parents should be involved, and I say that as a parent."
You don't want first graders to be sexually active? This saddens me to no end.
Why should this statement even come out of someones mouth?
WOW!
WOW!
WOW!

(Yes, I know we live in a different world now. BUT STILL!)

My lil guy turned 7 in March and he will enter the 2nd grade this year. SEX? on his mind?
uhhhhhhhhhhh NO!
Me thinking sex is on his mind at this age?
NOPE!

My oldest is 11 and will be in the 6th grade this year.
Sex on her mind? NOPE
I also have no thoughts of sex being on her mind.

My children are just that....CHILDREN.
I'm not saying that they are angels. NO WAY!
But
They are child-like.
They are not innocent but they are INNOCENT *You know what I mean.
I want them to stay this way until they are like 25.
Or until they actually ya know WANT TO GROW UP.
If they want to run up and down the road acting like a dinosaur.
LET THEM!
I don't care if the 3rd grader next door thinks it's "immature".
I really don't.

Would they still be this innocent and child like if they were in a public school setting?
I don't know.
I really don't.

I would like to think so but....

~end of rant~
**ok, not really**

Headlines and stories like the one above scare the (you know what outta me).
Is this how it is in school now days?

Do they really need provisions/revisions to school rules regarding the distribution of condoms in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?
WHY ON EARTH would something like this even be in the handbook?

And this governor wants to keep the parent completely out of the loop?
Are you kidding me?

This is scary.

I'll quote what one of the commenters on that piece said:
Elementary school kids cannot even go to a field trip WITHOUT parents' approval; yet they CAN get contraception WITHOUT the parents' knowledge?? They can't even get cold medicine, but they can get condoms WITHOUT parents' approval.

What are your thoughts?
This parenting thing is tough, huh?

8 comments:

One Cluttered Brain on June 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM said...

That's it. The only people that should be thinking about sex and frankly having sex ARE certainly NOT kindergarteners and first graders!!!

*APPALLED*
I have a 7 year old AND a 10 year old and I would be astonished if they were having sex. They have been taught better than that.

(Yes, Yes, in this house we actually WAIT until we are married BEFORE we have sex.) I know it is probably NOT the traditional way these days but is what I believe.

I can't believe it.
Condoms to 5 year olds and first graders. They are going to have a TON of condoms left over from each year. 'Cause nobody will take them.

Unless they figure out you could blow up a condom like a balloon.
That is a pretty good use for a first grader to have a condom. Tacky but still.

Sorry for the ULTRA-UBER LONG comment but obviously I have missed you.

14 5 YEAR OLDS?
teaching bible school?
That's cool.
I miss your vlogging, tweets and blogging but also realize it is summer and sometimes those darn summer activities get in the way of blogging.
*sigh*
I'm off to tweet this off to the masses.

Celeste on June 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM said...

I read that article earlier today. I seriously almost cried. What has this country...this world come to?

Monica (mcgeemommy) said...

Oh my! This blows me away. We live in the conservative south and I know things go on but STILL...I have never in my life. I have no words right now. My children are 8, 6 and 4. They have NO idea about sex and I hope they do not for a long time to come.

Mommafo on June 24, 2010 at 9:04 PM said...

Nope, that's crazy. Crazy. I just had to explain to my daughter (who will be entering 3rd grade) what "sex" is. She knew that "sex" was gross and something that you giggle about, but she had no idea. Which I'm FINE with!!! But what scares me is that there are some kids out there with parents who don't care if their kids are KIDS and they treat them like adults! They learn things they should not be learning, and they spread it around (often times in the wrong context) to other kids at school. I want my daughter (and other children) to be comfortable enough to come to me with these questions. I wish we could keep them in a bubble.

Emily on June 24, 2010 at 9:25 PM said...

It makes me extremely happy to be homeschooling. I live in Western, PA and I'm not sure what the public schools are really teaching/doing here. My cousin in Montana had to sign a petition so the board of their school won't approve of sex ed classes for elementary students (k-6 grades). It's a shame they even have to deal with that. It sickens me. All of it.

~SHANNON~ on June 25, 2010 at 7:22 AM said...

That is truly wack -a-doodle. What kind of crazy world are people creating by putting those kind of policies in place. Honestly, it's crap like that that makes me wonder if homeschooling is a more viable option than I imagine... jeesh.

Michelle@DomesticationoftheSingleGirl on June 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM said...

i was cooking dinner last night when i heard this on the news. i stopped and ranted for a good hour straight. my poor man.

i love the way this law is encouraging good, healthy, positive communication via parent and child. it's not like it's taking the parents' job into it's very hands and undermining the relationship. 'if you need something, your teacher will keep your secret.' wrong on so many levels.

i don't think i was emotionally prepared for sex at the age of 16, nevermind 6. a sympathetic shoulder would've been great at the time, but children have plenty of friends. they need PARENTS. and if parents decide to give their children condoms, so be it.

if a random guy on the street gave a condom to a 7 year old he would be arrested.

i could flip out about this for hours. (i'm sure you can tell.)

DON'T SMOKE. BUT JUST IN CASE YOU DO, HERE IS A LIGHTER. TOSSING A MATCH COULD START A FOREST FIRE. LIGHTERS ARE BETTER. BUT DON'T SMOKE.

(Sorry for the bad analogy but I'm furious and I just can't stop.)

Tracy on June 28, 2010 at 2:55 PM said...

This is extremely freightening but then I know school has changed a lot just since I have been out.
Last year a boy forced a kiss on my first grade step daughter. At that age they should not even be thinking about such things.

 

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