- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Alice Dreger, a Northwestern University ethicist and author, has gained national attention after she sent out a long series of critical tweets last week as she attended her son’s high school sex-education class on abstinence.

Ms. Dreger sent out 45 live tweets last week that accused teachers running the sex-ed class at East Lansing High School in Michigan of “sex-shaming” and pushing a conservative agenda with misleading facts, Fox News reported.

“So our school hired a Christian group that does ‘pregnancy counseling,’ counseling against abortion, to come teach our kids abstinence!!” she tweeted to her 13,000 followers.

“The whole lesson here is ‘sex is part of a terrible lifestyle. Drugs, unemployment, failure to finish school — sex is part of the disaster,’” she said in another tweet.

“I feel like raising my hand and saying ‘Can I tell my sex history, which involves a lot of pleasure before and during marriage,’” she said in another. “‘You’ll find a good girl. If you find one that says no, that’s the one you want.’ HE ACTUALLY JUST SAID THAT.”

Ms. Dreger said her freshman son had invited her to attend the class “to see how bad it is” so she obliged. The district has a policy that allows parents to monitor such classes, Fox News reported.

The next day, Ms. Dreger tweeted that she had been banned from attending school events that did not involve her son, because she was caught repeating the f-word outside of the class about “how awful it was,” Fox News reported.

“A certified letter is being sent to me by the school district informing me of this and naming my after class potty mouth as ‘inappropriate,’” she tweeted.

District superintendent Robin Thompson on Monday referred Fox News to a letter to parents posted on the district’s website.

“Parents are to be silent observers and not to participate or disrupt the learning process,” it said, adding, “But we also require the same appropriate civil behavior of parents that we require of our students.”

East Lansing High Principal Coby Fletcher criticized Ms. Dreger for an “utter lack of civility” and for not telling the whole story in her tweets.

“Abstinence-based instruction teaches that abstinence is the only way to be completely safe, but the curriculum also reviews contraception choices,” he said in a statement to the Lansing State Journal. “This parent attended on a day where abstinence was being taught.”

“I support the appropriate expression of a plurality of viewpoints; however, I am very concerned by the utter lack of civility I see conveyed in the tweets and the behavior the tweeter admits to exhibiting in the classroom,” Mr. Fletcher said. “This is not representative of the conduct we expect to see adults model for our students.”

Ms. Dreger said she has no regrets, except for the swearing.

“I am genuinely outraged that this is happening in a progressive school in a college town,” she told the Journal.

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