According to the San Diego Union Tribune, parents of students in grades six through 12 in the San Diego Unified School District are up-in-arms over a new sex ed program that is supposed to be upholding the new California Healthy Youth Act. This law mandates school districts to provide comprehensive sex education that addresses sexual orientations, gender identities and sexually transmitted diseases.
The problem is that some of the programs, such as the one being introduced in San Diego, are so graphic the contents can’t be shown on air without digital alterations. According to more than 1,000 parents and concerned citizens who signed a petition objecting to the new curriculum, this kind of graphic content isn’t what anyone had in mind as an appropriate response to the new law.
“Parents are shocked,” said Karin De Jauregui, one of several people who spoke against the curriculum at a board meeting on Tuesday night. “Parents are appalled by this curriculum. The law states that parents have the ultimate authority in impacting values to their children, not the schools.”
“I don’t think you need to give kids more explicit content in order for them to make good choices. We just want it to be age appropriate,” another parent told ABC News. “We don’t think talking about oral, anal, and vaginal sex in the sixth grade is entirely appropriate or telling middle schoolers you can use a flavored condom.”
The curriculum adopted by San Diego Unified was created by Advocates for Youth, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the Tribune reports, Rachel Miller, a resource teacher for San Diego Unified and program coordinator for special health education, said the district sent letters to families about the new curriculum and held an event in February to preview the curriculum. Parents can also have their child opt out of the classes.
But none of these steps has calmed the ire of parents who say the program goes much too far.
Ashley Bever, who is both a parent and a substitute teacher in the district, is calling for changes in the program.
“It’s too much information, too soon and too fast,” she said “They’re going to cover a lot of content in a very short period of time.”
Attorney Dean Broyles of the Escondido-based National Center for Law & Policy, also weighed in, saying the new law is fair and balanced, but the curriculum is not.
“The materials they’re teaching are graphic and pornographic, and go well beyond the law,” Broyles told the Tribune.
He also complained that the curriculum does not teach about abstinence and leaves children vulnerable to discovering pornography on the Internet.
San Diego Unified isn’t the only California school district to introduce a graphic sex ed program that parents say goes far beyond what the new law is calling for.
A petition signed by 4,300 people in the Cupertino Union School District was enough to shut down a proposed curriculum that didn’t meet parental muster. In Palo Alto, 1,600 parents sign a petition objecting to the curriculum used in their school district.
According to a Change.org, a petition launched by San Diego parents and signed by more than 3,700 people is exposing the contents of the curriculum and calling for major revisions.
For example, the new law requires that districts teach abstinence as the only way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, but the curriculum focuses instead on non-intercourse sexual behavior. Some of these behaviors, which are suggested for children as young as 11-12, range from bathing together to mutual and solo masturbation.
“The new Sexual Health Curriculum needs to be suspended for a major revision to reflect parent input and age appropriateness,” the petition reads.
Even in the midst of this culture of death, it’s refreshing to see so many parents take a stand against these kinds of programs which do little more than indoctrinate children into a life of promiscuity.
As Kenneth D. Whitehead writes in this article appearing on the Catholic Education Resource Center, “ . . . [T]oday’s typical programs are not designed to warn the kids away from permissive and harmful sex experiences at all. Rather, what they really aim at is breaking down traditional morality and sexual inhibitions in favor of actually encouraging sexual experience — but safe sex through the use of modern prophylactic and contraceptive devices. Their real aim is to train the kids to get with today’s sexual revolution — times have changed! — not to warn them against it.”
These programs are not a solution, he says, but rather are a significant part of the problem of today’s sexual permissiveness.
“For when new attitudes about sex are purveyed in the classroom and under the authority of the school, the kids can be affected even more decisively than they are affected by the sexual permissiveness they regularly encounter in the media.”
A child’s sexual education is a delicate matter and only a parent knows best what material is appropriate for the age and maturity of their child.
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