TSF, I must be out of the loop. Other than condoms what modern methods of contraception is available without a prescription. B/C pills, IUD's, Depo shots, are only available with a prescription. Teachers can teach what happens as a result of unprotected sex such as STD's, HIV, or unwanted pregnancies. If all you can offer is a picture of how to use contraception if you should ever get it, then the best lesson a teacher can teach is abstinence.Yes. That all makes perfect sense. It WAS starting to happen on a limited basis --physical and mental health care professionals (nurses and doctors on recommendation of the nurse) available in schools . Now with funding reduced , those positions are being eliminated. All that's left is the limited basic education that teachers could provide if they allowed to even do that. I suppose the idea is that if we do not even talk about reproductive issues, the ignorance will stop couples who are hot for each other from indulging. It will not happen that way, never has, never will. Issue avoidance is not the same as issue solutions. As you correctly point out , education will not slow down hormones. With modern methods of contraception available, would it not make sense to teach people how to use them?
TSF, seriously, have you ever thought about trying to find semi-retired doctors that would each take a day a week without pay or minimal pay to help schools or give the local health department extended help? I know everyone thinks it's the government's place, but it only takes one or two individuals to bring such an idea before their local clinics or health departments. As you seem to have a good knowledge of your neck of the woods, people like you could help out. Also, I think you'd be shocked at the doctors who will donate time.
My child brings me information all the time about free services offered not only by doctors, but dentists too. Do you know if your area has ever had the Mission of Mercy dental team set up in a local church, warehouse not in use or some place to offer free dental services? It's dentists, dental assistants, oral surgeons, people that make dentures on the spot, etc all come together and usually for two days they see people back to back. People come from all parts of the state if they hear about it. Maybe you could help coordinate something like this. There's still good people out there and they don't need the government to tell them what to do, they just do it.