Culture challenge of the week: Sex propaganda in schools
Imagine your sweet daughter, barely into puberty, coming home and showing you a photograph she took with her phone of a sex poster at school — a poster that lists the many ways people “express their sexual feelings,” including “grinding,” “anal sex,” “oral sex” and just about everything else you can think of.
Imagine, even further, that the school district representative, when asked about the poster, shrugs and says it is part of a health and science curriculum that “aligns with national standards” of sexuality education.
You’d be right to be mad.
But this isn’t a thought experiment. This is real-life “sex ed” in the heartland of America.
Mark Ellis, a man whose daughter attends a public middle school within the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas, made the news when he found out the truth about what goes on in America’s schools these days. He was shocked at the explicit nature of the school-authorized poster and perplexed by the school’s claim that its sexual education curriculum is meant to promote abstinence.
“This has nothing to do with abstinence or sexual reproduction,” he said.
He’s right. But, sadly, many of our nation’s public schools teach the lurid propaganda every day.
Most sexuality education curriculum materials are designed not to promote abstinence but to encourage children to experiment with sex. Any kind of sex. Programs like the one Mr. Ellis protested present all types of sexual activity as equal and perfectly normal even for the youngest of children, including male-female intercourse, masturbation and homosexual practices.
The reason is quite simple.
For the political left, children have a “right” to have sex with no guilt, no consequences and no commitments. And they are going to teach them how to do it, by golly.
Educators, school boards and school districts have been snowed by “experts” who peddle the claim that “comprehensive” sex education programs are designed to promote abstinence as much as “safer sex.” They are not. Sprinkling a few words about abstinence into a curriculum loaded with explicit “how to” information is simply a subterfuge.
The real agenda is to expose innocent children to sexual practices that they couldn’t even imagine at their tender ages without some adult planting the idea into their heads.
It’s deplorable. And it’s time for parents to wake up and fight back, just as Mr. Ellis did in Kansas.
How to save your family: Know and say no
It’s impossible to protect your child from an explicit or inappropriate curriculum if you don’t know what’s in it. Don’t expect educators to invite you to take sex ed materials home and read them at your leisure. They won’t. In fact, they might not want to let you see them at all unless you raise a fuss.
In Hawaii recently, a state representative tried to obtain a copy of Pono Choices (not misspelled), a state-approved curriculum designed to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, after a constituent complained about its graphic nature. School officials denied him the opportunity to read through the curriculum, except in their presence — an outrageous violation of his rights as a parent, and a decision he is still fighting. Creators of the curriculum boldly advocate “sexual rights” for children, and they don’t want parents to know it.
You can expect to be disgusted and upset if you head to your child’s school tomorrow and read over the sex ed materials. And you can expect resistance if you complain or try to pull your child out of the classes. But press on. Ask for the opt-out guidelines and know your rights.
Don’t accept vague assurances that such material promotes abstinence — see for yourself whether the program actually promotes sexual practices by children or not. And put yourself in the place of your child as you read the materials. Do you think he can “balance” those messages with only a few exhortations to abstinence? Is your daughter being placed in a confusing situation when the teachers or guest speakers from Planned Parenthood portray these activities as normal, even if they encourage them to wait until they are “ready?”
Make note: Marriage has been tossed out as the proper context for sexual activity in favor of a personally chosen sense of “readiness.”
Be willing to pull your children from a curriculum that damages their innocence and normalizes abnormal and perverted — not to mention unhealthy — sexual activities.
Consider gathering a group of parents who are willing to stand up for their rights as parents to protect their own children from adults who don’t share their values.
It’s time to fight back. If you don’t stand up and protect your own son or daughter, no one else will.
Mark Ellis was right to raise his voice in protest. Let’s have the courage to do the same for our own children.
• Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at email@example.com.