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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 36 – Character-based sex education


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HCR036.........................................................by MORTENSEN
CHARACTER-BASED SEX EDUCATION - Stating findings of the Legislature and
requesting that sexuality education in tax-supported public schools,
universities and colleges be character based in nature.
01/07    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
    Rpt prt - to Educ

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2002
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 36
                                        BY MORTENSEN
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  4    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  5        WHEREAS,  since September 11, 2001, the U.S. has made history by its focus
  6    on patriotism and American virtues, rather than "politics as usual"; and
  7        WHEREAS, George Washington said: "The Foundations of our 'society' will be
  8    laid on the pure and immutable principles of private  morality"  and  Benjamin
  9    Franklin said: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom"; and
 10        WHEREAS, Idaho's Constitution charges the Legislature to "further all wise
 11    and well-directed efforts for the promotion of temperance and morality"; and
 12        WHEREAS,  because sexual activity outside of marriage, and sexually trans-
 13    mitted diseases (STDs), cause enormous physical and emotional  suffering,  and
 14    cost  many  billions of dollars each year, as evidenced by the following facts
 15    reported by a very reputable source, The Medical Institute for Sexual Health:
 16        (a)  About 840,000 teens in America become pregnant each  year.  One-third
 17    end in abortion. Over three out of four teen births are out of wedlock;
 18        (b)  Seven out of ten adolescent mothers drop out of high school;
 19        (c)  Children  raised  in  single family homes are twice as likely to drop
 20    out of high school, and 2.5 times more likely to become teen unwed parents;
 21        (d)  Over 80% of single mothers under 18 rely on welfare assistance;
 22        (e)  There are over 20 STDs, with an estimated 68 million  current  infec-
 23    tions among Americans. Each year, 15.3 million new STD infections occur;
 24        (f)  Each day an estimated 8,000 U.S. teens contract an STD infection;
 25        (g)  Of all Americans over 12, about 20% are infected with genital herpes;
 26        (h)  If  a  college  student is sexually active, there is a 25% likelihood
 27    each year, of that person contracting an STD. Condoms are  not  proven  to  be
 28    effective  against many STDs, including human papiloma virus which causes over
 29    95% of the 14,000 new cases each year of cervical cancer.
 30        WHEREAS, according to a Roper Starch poll, a plurality of  teens  regarded
 31    pressure to have sex as the greatest threat to their well-being; and
 32        WHEREAS,  in  the mid-1960s about 8% of American children were born out of
 33    wedlock. Today the number has risen fourfold, to about 32%; and
 34        WHEREAS, Dr. Neal Maxwell,  internationally  known  author  and  educator,
 35    said:  "Unless  checked, permissiveness, by the end of its journey, will cause
 36    humanity to stare in mute disbelief at its awful consequences."
 37        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
 38    sion  of  the  Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
 39    the Senate concurring therein, that sexuality education in tax-supported  pub-
 40    lic schools, universities and colleges in Idaho be character-based in nature.
 41        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa-
 42    tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to facilitate distribution
 43    of this Resolution, and its Statement of Purpose, to  all  entities  concerned
 44    with tax-supported public schools, universities and colleges in Idaho.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                        STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
			      RS 11482C2

This resolution will assist the Idaho Legislature in meeting its 
Constitutional charge under Section 24, Article III of the 
Constitution of the State of Idaho to: "further all wise and 
well- directed efforts for the promotion of temperance and morality."
Section 33-512 4., Idaho Code, states that: "The board of trustees 
of each school district shall have the powers and duties to protect 
the health and morals of the pupils."  One simple way for local school
boards to meet this charge is to request, through the superintendent, 
that junior and senior high school principals see that this Resolution
be included in the school curriculum.
The greater reason this Resolution should be included in the 
curriculum is because: "The core problem facing our schools is a moral
one.  All other problems derive from it.  Even academic reform depends
on putting character first." (Dr. William Kilpatrick, Boston 
University, author of Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong)
Another purpose of this Resolution is to send a positive message
to students who are already sexually active: that through knowledge 
and reflection upon the facts herein (many of which are not generally 
known) they can change and regain the advantages of an abstinent 
lifestyle.  It can also serve to strengthen the resolve of those who 
are living an abstinent lifestyle (see lines 30-31 of the Resolution).
Regardless of the past behavior of teachers and parents, etc. they are
not hypocritical when they encourage their adolescents to delay the 
onset of sexual activity until marriage... because it is the strongest
personal, public health and economic message.
Mention of "enormous...emotional suffering" on line 13 of this 
Resolution is significant because: "The relative silence about the 
emotional side of sex is ironic because the emotional and spiritual 
dimensions of sex are what make it distinctively human." (Dr. Thomas 
Lickona, Professor of Education, State University of New York and 
Director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs - Respect and Responsibility.)
As evidenced in this Resolution, and other sources, the most effective
sexuality education is character-based, designed to enable avoidance 
of sexual activity outside of marriage.  Such education should be used
in tax-supported public schools, colleges and universities in Idaho.
The Legislature recognizes that the primary responsibility for moral 
education rests in the home. However, under Section 33-1608, Idaho 
Code, the public school system has the responsibility to "complement 
and supplement" the standards established in the home.

                              FISCAL NOTE

None. Only positive in potential welfare cost reduction, etc.

Representative Max Mortensen