Senator Brenda Council says she is alarmed at the growing number of sexually transmitted diseases amongst the youth of Nebraska. As a result, she serves as the sponsor of LB 192, a bill which would mandate sex education in Nebraska schools.

Council’s bill would affect school like Kearney High, my alma mater.

From what I remember, my high schools sexual education curriculum was slightly less than how educational. We were not taught the dangers of unprotected sex, and we certainly not given the knowledge of how to have safe sex. If LB 192 is passed, the state would regulate how and what is taught in sexual education courses.

 It’s about time this issue was dealt with on a state level. Obviously some school districts are not capable or are too stubborn to provide student with accurate and informative information pertaining to sex education. As it stand right now, how and what is taught during sex education classes is completely up to the district. Council’s bill would require that all schools provide “age-appropriate,” medically accurate information on sexual health to students.

I hope I’m not alone in realizing that we’re at a point where we can no longer teach abstinence. Now, I say that understanding that at home parent may choose to tell their kids that abstinence is the only option, but in the public school system we have a responsibility to educate kids and let them make informed decisions.

The average age for kids engaging in their first sexual experience continues to get lower. The number of unmarried teens having sex is continually rising. This goes to show that no matter what we do, kids are going to be sexually active. It would be beneficial to have kids educated on the activities their engaging in. This isn’t the 1920’s. Most people don’t wait till there married ot have sex. Parents and teachers need to face the facts, sex in prevalent amongst high school kids.

My girlfriend, who went to ultra-conservative Doniphan-Trumbull High Schools, says she can’t even recall any formal sex education. Her comment to me was, “We might have touched on some STD’s but never really got into anything too serious.” This is ridiculous. It’s time to get serious about this. It’s not something that can be swept under the rug.

 Schools claim they are limited on what they can and cannot teach based upon the community they live in. It’s a legit argument. I know from experiences that schools in communities, which tend to be more conservative, want to teach abstinence more than the alternative. Schools that don’t have the pressure of such a conservative community are more willing to properly educate student on sexual health.

 LB 192 would make sex education curriculums universal. Schools would no longer be at odds with ultra-conservative parents who think abstinence is the only way. The regulated sex education classes will get local superintendents off the hook from having to make that call themselves.

For Kinzie and I, we can’t go back and get truly educated on sexual health. But we can make this a serious issue so that all of your kids and my kids are properly educated. Support LB 192. Thanks Senator Council.

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