The recent furor over abstinence-only sex education in Utah is only the latest in a long history of arguments about teaching human reproduction in Utah classrooms. While it is easy to understand the passion many parents demonstrate over such a sensitive topic, their ardor is misguided.
There is something far more insidious taking place in Utah classrooms and no one is expressing the slightest concern.
Utah schools are teaching physics. While that might seem harmless, there is no telling where it could lead. In fact, there is nothing more potentially lethal and destructive.
You see, from physics, one can learn how to construct bombs.
Not just dry ice bombs or pipe bombs either. Physics leads to the big bangers—atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs. These are weapons with the power to destroy all life as we know it and they are teaching these principles to children in local schools.
You might think I’m overreacting. After all, the schools are just teaching the basics of physics. It isn’t as if they are handing out atom bomb kits.
The point is, they are teaching them something. And while it might be just basic information, no doubt it will be enough to make some kids curious. They won’t want to stop with what they are getting in school.
They could start studying physics on their own.
Perhaps they will sneak down to the library or a book store and quickly skim through books, looking for pages that refer to nuclear weapons. They’ll joke about physics in locker rooms. It might even be the subject of course humor in back alleys.
Mothers of physics students could start finding scientific journals under their children’s mattresses—you know, the kind with illustrations. Perhaps there will be a sketch of an uncloaked triggering device. Or maybe there will be a photograph of the cold, naked shell of one of these weapons of mass destruction.
Eventually, even the hard core stuff won’t be enough to satisfy the curiosity of budding physicists. Young Bobby will notice that Mary Lou isn’t like the other girls he knows. She is naturally well endowed with an understanding of quarks and other sub-atomic particles.
The two of them will start spending more time together. Soon, talking about physics won’t be enough. They’ll begin experimentation. And if they stumble on the big bang, there will be no going back for them or for anyone else.
Physics classes wouldn’t be so bad if they also taught moral values. But one cannot generally count on that to happen. And the moral values of teachers and school district officials might not be as rigid as some parents would like.
For one thing, physics teachers can’t be counted on to emphasize abstinence. They won’t say “don’t experiment.” Instead, they are likely to say, “If you decide to experiment, these are the precautions you should take.”
In the end, there is only one practical solution: ban physics classes.
Physics is something that needs to be taught in the home by parents. They are the only ones who can teach the moral values, the control and the restraint that needs to accompany such powerful information.
Sex education? Don’t sweat the small stuff. It is physics we need to worry about.