Wednesday Night Open Mic for June 23, 2010

Open Mic again gets moved to Wednesday night this week. As many of you know, work has kept me extremely busy these last couple of weeks. It hasn’t gotten better yet, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is distant, but it is there. Let’s just hope it isn’t a freight train heading my way. On top of that I was really hoping to wait to weigh in on the whole Obama/McChrystal debacle until some sort of decision was announced. It would have been OK to speculate on what was going to happen, but I was more interested in commenting on what went down instead of what might go down. As for the other topics this week: We have Iran doing its best to ratchet up tensions in the Middle East. We have an Iowa school where some uptight parents are up in arms because their children were shown parts of the human anatomy. I will leave it at those three topics to start. They should be plenty to get things started. Then I can add to that throughout the day as the discussions dictate.
Open Mic

Differences in Sex Education Philosophy Part II

Sex Ed BooksThe discussion on Monday night’s part of of the sex education was lively and I felt as though there were a lot of points of view put out there but I didn’t feel as though the subject accomplished much in terms of productive discussion. I will put that on me for the way that I presented the issue, as it seemed as though I perhaps framed the issue a little too much. Not that I am not going to put my point of view out there mind you. The problem was that when it comes to the LGBT issues there are a lot of folks that simply have their mind made up because it is those issue and it kept us from getting into the part of the debate that I felt is most important…. and that is whether, or how much, we should allow sexual education topics to be taught in the classroom. 
We Continue the Debate Over Sex Education in Public Schools

Differences in Sex Education Philosophy Part I

Sex Ed BooksThere was a bit of a debate on this subject in the guest commentary thread yesterday. I found that as I was reading it, I was wondering how much of what I believed about the subject was fact versus what I think I know. What better way to find out the facts than to do a little research and find out some of the truth on my own and present it to you. So I decided to do an article on this very subject. I have often been worried at the level of Sex Education being given to our children is not in line with the level should be. The results of America’s sex education programs are obviously not good, so where are we going wrong? Too much or too little sex education? Abstinence versus more comprehensive learnings? What about the seemingly earlier and earlier introduction of “alternative” lifestyle choices? Let’s take a closer look.
Part I of Our Look at Sex Education in Public Schools