WAYNE — As parents we want our children’s education to equip them with the tools and knowledge they need to make decisions that will forever impact their lives. Age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education is a critical part of that equation.

Nebraska and our schools are moving in the wrong direction. As a student 30 years ago, I learned more about sex education than today’s Nebraska youth. I was shocked when I found out my teenage child never learned about puberty, hormones or any practical information regarding her developing body. She was never taught about reproductive health, contraception, sexual orientation, gender identity, consent or healthy relationships.

Some say these are controversial topics that don’t belong in the classroom. But learning about consent should be something we all want for our kids, so they know what’s appropriate. Teaching them how their bodies work and how they become pregnant is critical health information that shouldn’t be learned from the internet or life experience.

I cannot tell you how many social media posts I see of parents complaining that our schools fail to teach today’s youth practical skills and knowledge, like budgeting, doing taxes or changing a flat tire. One individual even lamented about his daughter taking algebra. Why should she learn math instead of learning to do the laundry and balance a checkbook? If parents can’t even teach their children to basic life skills, I’m not confident that I trust every parent to teach their child about consent or sexual and reproductive health.

Not every parent wants these health education standards, but I assure you there are Nebraska parents who do.

KRISTINE KINZIE

In other news

PAGE — Speeding on country roads is threatening the lives of our children as well as the lives of domestic animals. What is our recourse to protect our children and ensure the safety of the animals that live on the farm? Speeding past a farm in excess of 25 mph is as dangerous as driving ove…

NORFOLK — I applaud the letter by over 100 citizens to ask the Norfolk City Council to deny TIF to 75 acres for a race track built by Ho-Chunk gaming. In no way am I against their casino or the track as I welcome the chance to get property tax relief that we have all been looking for and the…

LINCOLN — In reference to the editorial on ballot harvesting (July 15), the reason Trump was ahead when you went to bed is he made such a fuss about voting in person. His supporters did just that, and those votes were counted right away.

WAYNE — As parents we want our children’s education to equip them with the tools and knowledge they need to make decisions that will forever impact their lives. Age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education is a critical part of that equation.

NORFOLK — I drive by 25th Street and Norfolk Avenue most days around 4:30 a.m. and noticed that the school there has been watering their lawn (and sidewalk and parking lot) most every day.

MADISON — The Daily News has recently printed several articles concerning President Joe Biden, his wife and others who, perhaps, should be denied communion in the Catholic Church!

LINCOLN — Not long ago Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture, announced a bold initiative that would cut the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by the year 2050. The date was Feb. 20, 2020.