Island views: Do you agree with the school board about adding information about contraception to the sex education policy?

Mel Ware

Marco Island and London

These are actually two issues, instead of one. First, there is the moral issue; then, there is the practical issue. Morals are really very difficult to create laws for, because beliefs are created in childhood. Therefore, we must address the practical side. In a world that is struggling to free itself while its population is exploding, and I am 70 years old, I fear for my grandchildren. What will happen in the next 70 years? I believe children should be made aware of both aspects of contraception. They should be taught that there is a moral and a practical consideration, and being a practical person, that is what I believe.

Dominic Sanchez

Marco Island

My wife Amber and I have our daughter, Maya, and son, J.D. I think education is key. The more you know, the more power you have. Anything you can do to better yourself is the right thing to do. How can learning be wrong? We just moved to Marco Island a year ago, and we love living here. I grew up in Naples, and this is just paradise. That’s why we’re here. I have tremendous respect for the school district. Tommy Barfield is as good you hear it is.

Tammy and Al Paolucci

Shorewood, Ill.

I have to say, I don’t agree with that. I don’t think that’s appropriate. My parents have a place here, and I am very familiar with the community. I understand why they did it, but it’s unfortunate, nevertheless, that we have to resort to that, in this day and age. I suppose there are issues they have to deal with, but it should be up to the parents to do that, absolutely, and within their religious backgrounds. It shouldn’t be promoted in the schools. If you are promoting contraceptive devices, then you are promoting sex. The message is, “It’s okay, as long as you protect yourself.” It’s still not okay, and seventh grade is too young. We have a seventh-grader. We check with her; she’s not interested in talking about it.

Jackie Jackson

New York City

I do agree. Children are going to do it anyway; might as well prepare them. Kids are having sex at an earlier age now. Someone needs to teach them. It should come from the parents, but if it comes from the school, it can help even more. It’s just an additional plus. The bottom line is, it’s not that you want them to, but they are going to experiment anyway, and you hope that if they do, they are educated.

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