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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

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Who died and put these people in charge, anyway?
A lot of words are being spewed (though less than I had expected) over the Maine middle school that set out to provide birth control pills for its students -- without a doctor's or parent's care or consent. The usual things are being said by the usual people. I'd like to suggest something different.

If there are 11-year-old girls who think they need birth control pills and are afraid to talk to their parents, then perhaps they should have them. But they should go to a real doctor in a real office or clinic to get them. Likewise, both sexes at any age can buy condoms off the rack. My point is It is not the function of the omnicompetent Public Schools to do this for our children.

Ask yourself: why would you want the Degreed Dullards to take on this responsibility? Rather, children should be told to ask their parents for help and guidance. They should also be told that if they think they must dispense with parents' advice on some things, then they should know where to find the services they properly need.

Part of growing up is knowing where to access social services in one's community: auto mechanics; veterinarians; pest control; medical care; over-the-counter hygiene products. Schools should empower children and teenagers to go find these professionals and businesses. That's preparing them for adulthood. Cocooning them within the school and attempting to provide all their needs not only usurps the parents' role, but infantilizes the children in a web of irresponsibility (both theirs and the school's).

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