I received a disturbing email from a friend last night.
The local junior high is presenting the Aim for Success abstinence program next week.
As it turns out, the kids who attend the assembly get a homework pass.* The kids who don't attend the assembly have to bring a signed form from their parents saying that they are not going to attend. And guess what? No homework pass.
Of course, part of the assembly is The Signing of the Abstinence Pledge, a statement that the signer promises not to have sexual intercourse until he or she is married.
Let's forget that CDC statistics show abstinence programs don't work.
Let's forget that asking very young teenagers to broadcast publicly private decisions about their sexual choice is offensive and intrusive.
Let's forget that, should an individual be gay (in most states) or unable to find a spouse he or she - under this ludicrous model - is signing away a basic human need.
Let's forget that the "science" behind this program is suspect at best.
Let's forget that our children need knowledge to protect themselves from pregnancy and disease.
But let's do make sure to "reward" those students who participate in this sick charade and "punish" those who don't.
Wonder what the homework load will be on the night in question?
*Correction: I was wrong about the method for homework pass distribution. Parents will receive the homework passes, presumably to give to their children, if they attend the parents' meeting.