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Two front page articles caught my attention last week. One updating a 48-year-old sex education law, and an adjoining article about a rape at Shoshone High School occurring last April in the school computer lab.

The “outdated” law emphasized helping youth cultivate good values, the necessity of controlling the sex drive using self-discipline, and understanding sex in relation to the “miracle of life.” A nurse from the Cassia County School District sees that law as comical.

The new, updated law would just take out such words as home, family and church — minimal changes — says L.T. Erickson. This updated law would define sex education as “the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction and the development of healthy relationships.”

Our current social climate, which has recently seen and condemned a mound of sexual abuse, seems to reflect this new-and-improved definition of sex education.

After considering the alleged rape by a 17-year old male against a 13-year old female, the inclusion of the words self-discipline and controlling the sex drive would seem to be quite wise for teenagers to be challenged with in class. Perhaps even teaching respect and seeing others as whole human beings — not simply as objects to be used on a whim or impulse — would be sensible for teens to learn.

In our society and entertainment media, we are encouraged to do what feels good at the moment; but unfortunately the ramifications of those actions are rarely reported. The resulting broken relationships, heartache, loneliness, sexually-transmitted diseases and addictions that accompany such activities are tossed aside, but will demand to be dealt with later — long after the high school years are over.

We would be wise to remember the words of G.K. Chesterton: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.”

Shari Baar



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