Every once in a while, something comes up that makes me so thankful that our children are not in the public school system. Today I am probably more grateful than I have ever been. Struggles? Sacrifices? They all just disappeared. They became just a minor itch, if anything.
It all started with an email from my sister-in-law. She forwarded me some information and asked if I was giving my daughter theHPV vaccine. Well, that was the first I had heard of it, and, spurred by what I read in her email, I did a little research. I am seriously appalled.
From the small amount of research I did, it seems that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. That is what I gathered from the first statement made in this article. Other articles addressed the question of whether or not HPV could be contracted from things like toilet seats, but from what I have seen so far, it is a very remote chance... The first article stated: "According to the CDC, the only way you can totally protect yourself against HPV is to avoid any sexual activity that involves genital contact." Um, really.... Isn't this one of the reasons (besides the obvious, "this is God's way - WAIT!") that we teach our kids ABSTINENCE?! And, in Texas, Governor Perry signed an order making this vaccine "mandatory" for girls entering the sixth grade in the public school system. How scary is that?! With orders like this, how long will we have the freedom to choose what to do with our own family? And isn't an order like this once again saying that "we know you are going to sleep around. Here, get safe." That is just the moral side of it.
What about the effects of the drug? Not all vaccines are the greatest gift to mankind. In case you didn't check out the first link about what SIL's email contained, here it is, seriously, check it out. Research this on your own. I am not normally one to write posts like this, nor am I really an "anti-system" person, but this situation made my blood run cold, for all sorts of reasons. As parents, regardless of the fact that we homeschool , it is our job to raise our children in a Godly fashion and to protect them. This new mandate sends the wrong moral signals and it also has the potential to harm our daughters in a very real way.
God, thank You that You directed us to teach our children at home. Thank You for the wisdom and strength to do what is right.
Edited to add: 11/15/07 - If you are visiting from Teaching the Truth: a Homeschooling Perspective, go HERE for clarification.