Ignoring science has its perils. Hopefully, members of the religious right and conservative right movements will begin to realize that banishing truth from high school classrooms is a dangerous thing. When scientific facts are ignored or otherwise prohibited from being learned superstitions and myths may take the place of truth. For example, in Michigan we know that when cold weather fronts and hot weather fronts collide severe weather may be the outcome. Thunderstorms and tornadoes may form and threaten great damage in the areas affected. Science explains the process of storm development and, low and behold, science allows mankind to develop radar devices to give people warnings about developing storms and actual storms affecting any given area. Without science we would still tell our children that thunder is caused by angels bowling in heaven and lightening destroys only the wicked and their properties. Tornadoes are caused by doctors that prescribe birth control and sometimes by gay folk that get uppity.
The State of Florida has learned, umm, by scientific research, that teaching "abstinence only" in high school classrooms has created myths to develop. Many students in Florida actually believe that drinking bleach will prevent HIV and drinking Mountain Dew or smoking pot will prevent pregnancy. According to a report in the Orlando News in Orlando, Florida:
"State lawmakers said the myths are spreading because of Florida's abstinence-only sex education, Local 6 reported.They are proposing a bill that would require a more comprehensive approach, the report said.It would still require teaching abstinence but students would also learn about condoms and other methods of birth control and disease prevention."
We can only imagine how many unwanted pregnancies, abortions, and HIV infections have occurred because of ignorance ---yes, the ignorance of the legislators in Florida that mandated abstinence only programs and the ignorance fostered by parents and politicians ignoring the scientific fact that high school students have raging hormones.
Schools are supposed to teach facts not ignore them.
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