“You know, sweetie, one day you are going to have to learn to tie your own shoes! Now, before you leave, don’t forget your cookies and the Barbie doll you brought in, and — oh, I almost forgot! — here’s your birth control pill!”
For those who haven’t heard about Portland’s decision to allow one of its middle schools to give out birth control pills to its students who are as young as 11-years-old without parental permission, you can catch up by reading here: “Maine middle school to offer birth control.”
Un. Be. Lievable. This is wrong on so many levels that I fear I cannot begin speaking about it without spending the rest of the day on it. With much yet to do, however, I will constrain myself, but for those who hadn’t heard about it amongst my congregations (and you additional readers), I wanted to make sure I pointed it out as something you might want to read.
(I should say that the school was already handing out free condoms, so at least they’re being consistent!)
The video that accompanies the CNN article above is interesting viewing as well, as it shows a small potpourri of (what I assume are) parents speaking variously against or in favor of the measure. The one well dressed gentleman who spoke of giving the children “the resources they need” is supporting a horrible twist on an essential truth. We should give children the resources they need. But if Portland’s three middle schools have experienced at least 17 pregnancies in the last four years and this is their solution, then they apparently have no idea what “resources” these children need.
I would say that if an educational system and its cultural support is so massively ineffective, morbidly inept, and morally impoverished that it can’t sufficiently educate 11- to 13-year-olds, then it certainly isn’t competent enough to decide that pumping the children it is failing full of hormones without their parents’ permission is a good idea.
Actually, I don’t think that Portland’s decision is the real tragedy. It’s merely the symptom. That our sense of right and wrong has degraded to the point that we think this is the best solution — that is the tragedy.
Yet another dark day for parental rights, another day to mourn the days when children had a childhood, and another day to sigh and cry over all the abominations done within this nation’s borders (cf. Ezekiel 9). A time will come when for all people it will be true that “your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:20-21). How sad that so many of today’s teachers have lost not only the capacity to so teach, but even the will to try.