17 October 2007

Creating a Brave New World

The following is an installment of the creation of a Brave New World. The Portland Press Herald reports:

Students who have parental permission to be treated at King Middle School's health center would be able to get birth control prescriptions under a proposal
that the Portland School Committee will consider Wednesday.

The proposal would build on the King Student Health Center's practice of providing condoms as part of its reproductive health program since it opened in 2000, said Lisa Belanger, a nurse practitioner who oversees the city's student health centers.

The news here is twofold. First, it removes the responsibility of parents to truly oversee the health and well being of their children. All they have to do is allow the student to be treated at the school health center (why not just “the nurse’s office”?) and, willingly or not, they’ve turned over responsibility for the child’s sexual activity. Mom and Dad may never know what medication their child has been prescribed…all in the name of “reproductive health.”

Second is that middle-schoolers are being tacitly encouraged to have sex for fun while being “protected” from the most obvious and common down-side of promiscuous sex – becoming pregnant. If this doesn’t just scream Huxley, I don’t know what does.

Life without consequence. Sex without responsibility or repercussion. Entertainment at every corner. And no real ambition to excel, to create something more meaningful. A little soma, anyone?

A Brave New World, indeed, but is this what we want to offer our children?

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