Back in the 80’s when I was in high school, there was a song by Hall & Oates (I know it sounds like a type of cereal) called “Adult Education”. I watched the video to the song on MTV (yeah MTV used to play music videos) and it was really bad. It didn’t seem to have anything to do with the song. But it did have some interesting lyrics. The song was basically about kids wanting to do what adults do like “graduate to adult kisses” while still in high school. The kids wanted to experience everything now but, as the song says, “Believe it or not there’s life after high school”.
Many schools can’t seem to figure out if kids should remain kids or if should they should help kids hurray up and experience “adult kisses” through their sex education courses. Do they show kids how to put those condoms on the banana so they’re ready to be “adults” or do they teach them abstinence?
What is unfortunate is that many parents just figure their kids will learn what they need to know in their sex education classes at school, regardless of what they’re teaching. I remember when my first daughter was in junior high and we got a note about her upcoming sex education class. The note was letting parents know they could come to the school one night to learn what they were going to be teaching. My wife and I went and were shocked that there were only a handful of parents that showed up. Where were all the rest of the parents? Didn’t they care?
Fortunately what the school was going to teach in their sex education class was appropriate. But we had had “the talk” with our daughter about sex before that class, and it has been an open discussion since. As parents is our responsibility to talk to our kids about sex and God’s plan for it. We’re not going to hope the school holds our values about sex and just let our kids blindly attend some sex-ed class where they’ll learn who knows what. So if you don’t want your kids graduating to “adult kisses” while still in high school take the responsibly for their sex education upon yourself. For more information, be sure to check out "The Talk" in our parent resources.