Posts Tagged ‘sex education’

Wisconsin’s backwardness preserved another day

November 4, 2009
Post Crescent:
“Wisconsin schools that decide to teach sex education would have to instruct students on the use of birth control under a bill given preliminary approval by the state Assembly on Tuesday.
After being blocked by Republicans from taking a final vote on passage, Democrats who control the Assembly were forced to delay that action until Thursday.”
Will any Assembly Republicans vote for common-sense sex education?

Abstinence only: Pride in ignorance

October 6, 2009

The Wheeler Report linked to some pretty troubling spin put out by the Wisconsin Abstinence Coalition on the Healthy Youth Act.  The fallacies and rhetorical devices used would make a logic professor cringe.

Among its criticisms of sex education:

  • “Statistics show many teens do not know how to properly use condoms.” So trying to teach them…is not worth the effort.
  • “The sexual reality of seventeen year olds cannot be used to justify the same behavior for twelve year olds.” So teaching kids about something before they encounter is
  • “The superintendant cannot pick a single evidenced-based state program for all communities because it doesn’t exist.” I can’t wait for their argument against universal health care: The president cannot point to one universal health care program that has worked for America because one doesn’t exist.

Are these people even trying to make arguments anymore or are they merely reminding us that they exist? Who’s the sap that’s going to cite these poor bastards on the floor of the Assembly? I’ll give you a hint, if he cites them in the legislature, his quote will re-appear verbatim in the Badger Herald.