California’s controversial new sex ed guidance contains medically risky advice that reads like it was written by a college fraternity, says a former public school teacher who’s been helping parents mobilize against the curriculum.
“It’s shocking,” Rebecca Friedrichs, the founder of For Kids & Country, said in an interview with The Christian Post when describing the condom relay races 10- and 11-year-old girls have been participating in at schools where, in front of boys, they’re taught how to put a condom on a model of an erect adult male penis.
The article goes on to state the following:
Students as young as 11, she warned, are also being taught to engage in risky sexual acts, such as experimenting with oral and anal sex with their “partner.”
“It is medically risky on multiple levels. And when you read the curriculum … it’s written almost like a college fraternity wrote this curriculum in a very crass and a juvenile way,” she said about the guidance she described as “troubling” and not age appropriate.
“I always tell people that the scary thing is, I’ll give radio interviews and I can’t even say on the radio things that are being taught in our elementary and middle school classrooms in mixed company. There’s something very wrong there,” added Friedrichs, who taught in public schools for 28 years and was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. CTA that paved the way for a precedent-setting ruling that freed public sector workers from having to pay annual union dues.
In May, The Sacramento Bee reported:
The California Department of Education approved controversial changes to the state’s health and sex education curriculum on Wednesday, but removed five resources and books that some organizations called “sexually explicit,” including a book that explains sex to students as young as kindergarten.
Despite large protests, the department unanimously approved new lessons in elementary school grades about sex trafficking, sexual orientation and how to support transgender and nonconforming students in the classroom.
What we are seeing in the Sacramento community is an open arms approach to this curriculum, “ said Cheri Greven, the local Planned Parenthood director of Public Affairs. “A number of parents spoke up saying they were in favor of this. One father told me it allowed him and his son to open a new line of communication about these topics.”
Most of the changes that stirred controversy involved sex education.
“After rising levels of sexually transmitted diseases in teenagers nationwide, this framework was created to help provide necessary education to ensure that students are equipped to make informed and educated decisions when it comes to their sexual health,” education department spokesperson Kindra Britt said in a statement. “It was also designed to take the needs of our LGBTQ youth into consideration to make sure they felt safe and supported while at school.”
Several organizations have called the revisions “sexually explicit,” and say that the framework’s recommended books show how “offensive, reckless and immoral” the framework is. The education department removed five of the books, but clarified they were not banning the books. According to the state’s website, the books were listed as resources for parents to discuss sensitive issues with their children at home.
EdSource.org further reports:
The health education framework encompasses physical, mental, social and emotional health and includes guidance on teaching nutrition, exercise, injury prevention and alcohol and drug abuse prevention. Sex education guidance comprises only about 10 percent of the framework’s contents but it has generated all the controversy and confusion.
In addition to lessons on birth control and sexually transmitted diseases, the law covers the meanings of sexual assault, sexual harassment and sex trafficking. Also, the lessons must include material specifically geared toward LGBTQ students.
The law requires that the sex education lessons, which typically total between 10 and 13 hours, be given to students beginning in the 7th grade and taught once in middle school and once in high school. Districts can choose to teach sex education in lower grades but the state does not require that any sex education be taught before the 7th grade.
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