In the first place, where does the good senator think the schools are going to find the money to develop a sex-education curriculum for parents, when they don't have enough resources, thanks to legislators such as Sen. Reid, to properly educate children?
Reid hasn't done his homework on the cost of such a program, but he said he believes it would be minimal. That's doubtful. And sorely underfunded public schools would have difficulty undertaking even a bare-bones new program to teach adults about sex.
It seems clear that what Reid has in mind is eventually replacing the minimal sex-education course now being taught in Utah high schools with the adults-only version, since legislators could then claim that parents are not only the appropriate fount for facts about sex but they would also be trained to deliver them.
If more money is to be spent on sex education, it should be spent to bolster the current curriculum for students and make it more comprehensive and beneficial to the people who need it most. Incidence of STDs is rising at an alarming rate among young people in Utah, and they display an astonishing lack of knowledge about how to prevent disease and pregnancy. Teaching children and teens how to keep themselves healthy is the job of the schools, but teachers' hands are tied by archaic laws passed by a Legislature that would rather act on useless message bills to demonstrate their opposition to abortion. Education is the key to fewer abortions, not partisan rhetoric.
The PTA now offers sex-education training for those parents who want to teach the subject at home. But there are many more who will always avoid the topic. The children of those parents, and they are probably the majority, should get accurate facts from professional educators in school.