September 11th 2011
By MarieAlena Castle
[The Minneapolis Star Tribune printed this letter.]
Mitch Pearlstein has it all wrong in his op-ed piece on broken families (Sept. 4). Sending boys to a voucher-supported parochial school taught by nuns to help them become better husband material won’t work. The problem is the young girls too ill-equipped for parenthood who keep producing those poorly adjusted boys by having unprotected sex. Those girls are the ones who need help, and lots of it. They need to learn how to develop the self-esteem that will empower them to control their lives. That control has little chance of happening if they don’t understand the importance of contraception. Parochial schools are no help there.
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