It is always interesting to read the comments of that great 11th Century thinker, James Likoudis (president of Catholics United for the Faith). He seems to view two things as frightening: sex and public education.
It sounds as if Mr. Likoudis would be pleased if all youngsters went to parochial school and then spent weekends watching "The Sound of Music."
Perhaps a nice thought, but nowhere in the realm of reality. The grim facts are that teen-age pregnancy is an alarming problem, extending into several lives.
Young people today are physically advanced compared with past generations. Many of them are totally ignorant of their sexuality. Public schools have many well-known problems, but they have to take everyone who applies. They cannot be selective like private schools. Educators who I have talked with stress that many children come to school unfed, under-clothed and unmotivated. Many come from troubled and/or single parent homes.
It is our responsibility to help those young people and that includes proper sex education so that they can enter the real world as well-prepared as possible.
TED A. SINGERMAN