Mrs. Lentz (one doubts she'd take kindly to ""Ms.""), parent and former newspaper reporter (she quit her job on the...

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RAPING OUR CHILDREN: The Sex Education Scandal

Mrs. Lentz (one doubts she'd take kindly to ""Ms.""), parent and former newspaper reporter (she quit her job on the Philadelphia Bulletin when the articles upon which this book is based were rejected as unpublishable), fancies herself the champion of the persecuted opponents of sex education in the schools; however, this narrow-minded presentation of rumor, opinion and scurrilous detail has no contribution to make to the sex education debate. It is a haphazard amalgam of assumption (i.e., it is immoral for children to learn the names of body organs and functions in school) and innuendo (i.e., unsubstantiated quotes implying that SIECUS, a private health agency committed to developing effective sex education programs, is a subversive organization). Ironically, a respectable First Amendment claim can be made against compulsory sex education as an infringement of the free exercise of religion, but Mrs. Lentz lacks either the desire or the skill to develop a legal or philosophical position. The appeal throughout is to emotion rather than reason, and although this book is unlikely to win converts and useless to serious critics of sex education, it may afford some satisfaction to those who want their prejudices massaged.

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 1972

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Publisher: Arlington House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1972