Friday, July 17, 2009

Florida Fails it Students

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.

H/T Joe.My.God.

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1 comment:

MarmiteToasty said...

Wow......... maybe I should become a teacher in Florida LOL

Sex and any such subject has never been taboo in my house with me lads, we talk openly and in a funny way sometimes about ALL subjects.... I find it strange in this day and age that parents dont do the same.......

I know a friend in California who on the phone said once, that his son who was 17 had a steady girlfriend and maybe it was time to breach the subject of the birds and the bees...... I said WTF, he is 17 and you aint never talked openly from a young age about 'things' like love, respect, quickies, lush, disease, commitment, condoms? what, ya never had condoms as balloon decorations at parties for him?....... he said, nope, never discussed anything issue like that, and him being a single dad to 2 sons, I was gobsmacked....

Ive always told my lads to 'keep their bits in their boxers' unless they are wearing raincoats :) or unless they wanna move out and make a family....

maybe its me off tilt, but, we have laffed and joked about all things......shaking me head..