Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?

first_imgNew York Times Oct 18 2011Observers can quarrel about the extent to which what is being mandated is an effect, or a contributing cause, of the sexualization of children in our society at younger ages. But no one can plausibly claim that teaching middle-schoolers about mutual masturbation is “neutral” between competing views of morality; the idea of “value free” sex education was exploded as a myth long ago. The effect of such lessons is as much to promote a certain sexual ideology among the young as it is to protect their health. But beyond rival moral visions, the new policy raises a deeper issue: Should the government force parents — at least those not rich enough to afford private schooling — to send their children to classes that may contradict their moral and religious values on matters of intimacy and personal conduct?Liberals and conservatives alike should say no. Such policies violate parents’ rights, whether they are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or of no religion at all. To see why, we need to think carefully about the parent-child relationship that gives rise to the duties that parental rights serve and protect. Parents are responsible for bringing new people into the world, bound to them by blood and, ordinarily, deep feeling. These people are incapable of developing their uniquely human capacities on their own, giving parents an obligation to their children and to society to help them reach maturity — one that requires attending not only to children’s physical and emotional needs, but their intellectual and moral growth as well.…True, the state needs to protect children from abuse and neglect. It is also true that the state has a legitimate interest in reducing teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. But it is not abuse or neglect to protect the innocence of preteenage children or to teach one’s children more conservative, as opposed to more liberal, moral values. Nor is it wrong or unreasonable to limit the state’s control over what one’s children learn and think about sensitive issues of morality. On the contrary, that is just what is required if parents are to fulfill their duties and exercise their legitimate rights. read more

Boracay fire leaves P1-million damage

first_imgThe incident reached a “general alarm”– the highest fire alert tasking all fire stations in the area to respond tothe call.     Residents crowd the street after fire gutted their houses in Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on Oct. 24. No one was injured in the incident. Authorities have yet to identify theorigin of fire as of this writing. The remains of a house after fire hit Station 3 in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on Oct. 24. EDRAEL TABERNA/PN The blaze that broke out around 9 a.m.on Oct. 24 left at least 52 families homeless. MALAY, Aklan – Properties estimated tobe worth P1 million went up in smoke after fire gutted houses in Station 3,Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island.               center_img Superintendent Nazrudyn Cablayan,ground commander of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said the fire quicklyspread in the neighborhood with houses mostly built from light materials. The BFP declared the blaze undercontrol around 10:33 a.m. No one was injured in the incident. The affected residents sought shelterat the gymnasium of the barangay. They were provided with the necessaryhelp from the local government.(RadyoTodo/PN)last_img read more