Hot button

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Last edition's hot button issue:

Would you prefer health classes to teach abstinence, or abstinence along with sex education?

I think they need to teach both. So many kids are misinformed where sex is concerned. As a parent, I would love to be nave and think that my children are going to wait until they're married to have sex. I'm going to do everything I can to encourage them to wait.

However, if they do make the choice to have sex before marriage, I want them to make an educated choice. I want them to know about all of the health risks and dangers. I want them to understand that it's not some casual thing you do. I want them to know what it can do to their reputation.

Unfortunately, many parents are not comfortable having this conversation with their children, so they just don't have the conversation at all. Then the kids get their information from their friends, who don't really know anything either. A lot of kids would be mortified and embarrassed to have that conversation with their parents. In a classroom setting, they can get the info they need. They might be more comfortable asking questions to their teacher than their parent. I have two daughters, 3 years and 8 months. I have a little while before I have to approach this subject. I know we'll need to have the conversation. My parents let me know their views about premarital sex, but we never had "The Talk." I don't want to bury my head in the sand the way my mom did.

-- Laura, Grove City

I personally think that both should be taught. Things have changed in the last 30-40 years it is a completely different world and we need to change with the times. Kids will have sex there is no avoiding that no matter how much abstinence is preached so they should be as informed as possible on how to be safe.

-- Mary, Columbus

I don't think it is the school's responsibility to teach either. They should only be teaching the science of it. It is our job as parents to decide what morals and values we want to teach our children and how we want to go about doing that.

-- Sonia, Hilliard

This edition's hot button issue:

*please note, your comments must be approved and will not appear immediately