The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 July 2004

Taste considerations

I have no problem, generally, with treating children to a demystification of the more bizarre trappings of adulthood.

I don't think, though, that the process should involve putting them in the kids' mouths, fercryingoutloud.

(Via Michelle Malkin)

(Update, 2:50 pm: Kimberly Swygert asks, "Someone remind me again why it's the schools that refuse to teach sex-ed, or who teach abstinence, who are supposedly the biggest threat to teenagers today?")

Posted at 11:27 AM to Dyssynergy

Aww shucks . . link is broken :(

Posted by: ms7168 at 12:00 PM on 23 July 2004

Can't get there, would you please explain?

Posted by: wamprat at 12:14 PM on 23 July 2004

As of 12:45 it was working; apparently the connection is sporadic.

Posted by: CGHill at 12:49 PM on 23 July 2004

2:34 (Central) the link connected. That is just going too far - WAY more info than kids need.

Posted by: Babs at 2:35 PM on 23 July 2004

Idiots. I'm suprised they don't have 1st graders trying this, too. Grrrrrr...woe be to any "educator" who attempts this type of instruction with MY younger child.

Posted by: David at 12:27 AM on 24 July 2004

Kinda makes you wish for the banana back.

Posted by: Erica at 1:36 AM on 24 July 2004

They don't have 1st graders trying it because they're first graders. These are high school students. I don't agree with what he did, but I also don't think it's fair to wonder why they just don't have first-graders tasting condoms.

As always, I am more than convinced that there are two sides to every story. Further reading of the article already tones down the title "Teacher Has Kids Tasting Flavored Condoms"; it becomes apparent that the title of the article is somewhat skewed and that the teacher did not, in fact, tell kids to "taste the condoms". The comments over on Malkin's site are a direct testament to how lynch-mob mentality takes over.

As an educator for nearly thirty years, it never ceases to amaze me that a story can become completely convoluted because once it is heard third- and fourth-hand, it generally becomes slanted to make the educator out to be some sort of sexual deviant. Parents should believe one-quarter of what their kids tell them, and question that quarter intensely.

Nor am I attempting to make the teacher out to be pristine pure here. My own school system has several coaches currently on leave for documented cases of sexual harrassment; it is obvious that the teacher is not always the one in the right. But more and more, kids in the classroom become increasingly aware that it's "all about the child" (I'm sorry, it isn't, and I will NEVER subscribe to this theory. Education is about a mutual respect between child/educator, and that belief, unfortunately, is eroding rapidly as students figure out more and more that they can "do no wrong"). Therefore, I have witnessed students twist the truth and outright lie unabashedly about what was REALLY said by the teacher.

Before anyone responds with comments such as "Thank GOD my child isn't in your classroom", I know I sound prejudiced towards the side of the teacher here. However, for all I know he is a complete asshole; for all anyone knows the girl in question is a manipulative little spoiled brat who failed the class and is getting back at the guy. All I know is that the biased title alone of the article has people judging one player in this situation, and in the eyes of a fairly seasoned educator, it stinks.

Posted by: Vickie at 8:54 AM on 24 July 2004