California Sex Education: New Program Passed Over Parental Protests
The new California Sex Education guideline was passed Wednesday in Sacramento over and above the protests of parents and Conservative groups in attendance. At least 120 people were registered to speak either in support or opposition of the new guidelines, and about 200 protesters gathered outside the hearing room. The passage of the program was not “mandated” for every school district, but was to give teachers a guideline for their curriculum.
It aims to teach LGBTQ, gender identities, and sex trafficking to children as young as kindergarten. But as with all secular sex education plans, there is no moral judgment in any of it, so the “information” given to children is totally without any input from parents. It is also reportedly inaccurate in many cases. Students can opt out of some parts of it, but not all.
“It’s just scary what they are going to be teaching. It’s pornography… If this continues, I’m not sending them to school.” Parent Patricia Reyes
An earlier draft of the guidelines also suggested high schoolers read the book: “S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties,” which includes descriptions of anal sex, bondage and other sexual activity.
Ultimately, California’s finalized framework tells teachers that students in kindergarten can identify as transgender and offers tips for how to talk about that, adding “the goal is not to cause confusion about the gender of the child but to develop an awareness that other expressions exist.”
The document also gives tips for discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers, including telling them it is not physically harmful, and for discussing puberty with transgender teens that creates “an environment that is inclusive and challenges binary concepts about gender.”
Protesters and parents said that the books being used were “obscene” so the California educational system took five of them out of the required reading. But not all of them. Parents and Conservative Family groups are extremely unhappy at some of the information being taught.
Dr. Stan Weed, a social psychologist, noted that the California Sex Education system, in many cases, actually produces the opposite of what educators claim it does. At a special board meeting back in November of 2018, he stated:
“…no evidence of school-based CSE effectiveness at producing sustained increases in consistent condom use by teens. Consistent use is necessary to provide sufficient protection from STDs. One program reported a sustained effect in a study by its developer, but a subsequent study by an independent evaluator did not confirm that effect and actually found harmful impacts. The program increased sexual risk behaviors…
We see far more evidence of failure than success and a concerning number of harmful impacts.” Dr. Stan Weed to California Family.org in 2018
For its part, the California Board of Education stated,
“Our priority is to make all children feel comfortable at school. Dispelling myths, breaking down stereotypes and linking students to resources can help prevent bullying, self-harm, feelings of hopelessness, and serious considerations of suicide.”
There it is, that emotional argument once again to “make all children feel comfortable.” An educational system that feeds off of emotion rather than facts creates its own problems. Emotion over gender. Emotion over issues of race and diversity. These are things which ultimately do more harm than good. It isn’t about “building awareness”…it’s about indoctrination.
“Not everything under the sun needs to be taught to our kids, with no moral judgment.” Greg Burt, California Family Council