As it often happens, lots of interesting posts at Number 2 Pencil. Here’s an issue that merits more collective thought to find a solution:

There’s GOT to be more to this story:

Freshmen at Brooklyn High School were given an unorthodox homework assignment. They were told to do research about porn. The students were asked to research porn on the internet and list eight facts about the porn industry. They were also told to write down their own personal views about pornography and any experience they may have had, good or bad.
Three parents called the district to complain so the principal, superintendent and health teacher decided it was best to scrap the assignment.

Which is a shame, because we all know that in order to teach health, high school teachers are required to make sure their students know how to find porn on the web, and that they should be prepared to tell adults about their “personal” views and “experiences” in researching such. Being forced to look at things they might not be prepared to see (and probably downloading about 8700 viruses and spyware bots to boot) and tell an adult what they thought about it is so healthy, you know.

Sounds like the teacher isn’t even going to lose his/her job, despite the fact that any other adult who wanted to know about a 14-year-old’s “experience” with online porn would probably end up facing sex crime charges.

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My comment:

Although I agree to scrap the assignment the way it was proposed, teenagers should be taught just why porn stinks and is (psychologically, ethically, economically) unhealthy. I know that society as it is, with so many garbage of liberals, will never agree to it, and conservatives may not want the issue to be dealt with at school, but I think part of the gigantic size of the porn industry and uncritical porn consumption stems from the fact that schools are not educating young people regarding it. And they just go on to become a new generation of porn consumers, year after year.

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