For 47 minutes they (parents and students) took turns at the microphone (at the school board meeting), alternately praising and punching the April 10 discussion at Boulder High, during which members of the panel talked graphically about sex and drugs. During that talk, members of the panel made statements that, among other things, masturbation is appropriate behavior for 12-year-olds and that students should enjoy themselves as they experimented with sex and drugs.
At Foxnews.com I viewed a video clip from Bill O'Reilly's show, one in which he plays audio from the discussion. He also has video from the above-mentioned school board meeting. Both were pretty startling.
"On April 10, a wonderful thing happened at Boulder High," Wallace Westfeldt, a parent, said. "Talking about sex is important, particularly with adolescents fueled with hormones who face this on a daily basis."
I know it sounds old-fashioned to say this, but we didn't need such talks to encourage us in the 80's. It's not like we weren't having sex in the 80's, and we didn't even have the internet from which to learn more than we needed to learn about sex. We certainly didn't need to be compelled by our teachers (as some students were in Boulder) to attend talks about how sex, with either or both genders, is perfectly fine for teenagers, or how difficult it can be to (I'll sanitize the words they used regarding this point) "maintain an erection" when using a condom because "it doesn't feel as good", or how drug use is acceptable. Oddly enough, the adults at my school thought that such details were beyond the acceptable bounds of their mission. Apparently, the Wallace quoted above wouldn't agree with me on what's considered appropriate topics for discussion with students. I wonder how Wallace would have felt about having students attend a pro-war rally, since teenage boys have lots of aggression due to their testosterone levels...
One interested observer at the meeting was Silverman, the attorney and KHOW talk show host who said he was glad to hear the school board had sent a letter home to parents in the district telling them that mistakes were made April 10.
He also said the debate has ignored the fact that Boulder High students perform extremely well on various academic measures.
Ah, yes. If the kids perform well enough academically, only then is it acceptable to encourage them to have sex and take drugs. Idiot.
If anything good came out of this, it's that even more post-Churchill attention is being directed at Boulder and the left-wing radicalism it supports as a community.