Since nearly half of the city’s 300,000 public high school students are sexually active, according to a city Health Department survey, that means schools could hand out only 1.4 on average to each sexually active teen in a year, the group charged.
"The Education Department is not coming anywhere close to meeting its responsibility to protect young people from HIV," said Sarah Howell, program coordinator at the advocacy group.
Oh, maybe, just maybe I’m wrong here, but as a taxpayer and a parent of children who are under the juristiction of the Education Department, isn’t their responsibility to, oh, EDUCATE CHILDREN?
Wouldn’t something health related be resposible for keeping children healthy? Schools don’t always have nurses, don’t check for lice, don’t even have physical activity once a day, but they are responsible for supplying condoms?
I think these CHILDREN should at least be responsible enough to protect themselves, and it’s sad we’re falling short (as parents) that we need the government to intervene and give away condoms. But to slam the Board of Education for not having enough condoms? Why don’t we slam the Health and Hospitals Corporation for not having enough math textbooks, the Department of Buildings for not having enough guidance counsellors, and the Department of Transportation for not having enough pharmacists on staff!
Our schools should be a place for education. The board of education is constantly overstepping its boundaries as nanny, moral educator, and half assed medical personnel. It’s got to stop. They don’t have enough money for starters, and secondly, they are failures at teaching reading and writing, why should we put our children’s HEALTH in their hands? Maybe if they didn’t have to spend money on condoms and spent it on teachers instead, or books, they’d at least get the education part down better.