Outrage is growing in California against newly approved sex education materials in public schools.
“It’s shocking,” Rebecca Friedrichs, the founder of For Kids & Country, told The Christian Post.
She said one school had 10- and 11-year-old girls participate in a “condom race” in which they ran, in front of male classmates, to be the first to put a condom on a model of an erect adult male penis.
“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,” she said.
Friedrichs has helped to organize several local and state-wide parent protests against the new materials.
National Catholic Register reports the concerns center around changes approved by the California Board of Education in May. The programs are supposed to comply with the 2015 California Healthy Youth Act, “which mandates the teaching of ‘medically accurate’ and ‘age appropriate’ comprehensive sex education at least once in middle school and once in high school,” according to the report.
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Here’s more from the report:
The new framework encourages but does not mandate classroom conversations in sixth grade about masturbation and kindergarten discussions on gender identity.
“[T]he goal is not to cause confusion about the gender of the child but to develop an awareness that other expressions exist,” read the newly approved document. …
Several units cover human sexual and reproductive “body parts.” A lesson on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) notes the selling points of sexual abstinence, but also encourages condom use and regular, confidential testing for sexually active middle-school students and, in doing so, endorsing Planned Parenthood [the largest abortion business in America].
Parents may opt out of their children participating in most of the instruction. The California Catholic Conference has more information about parents’ rights here, and it is working on legislation to better expand parents’ rights in the matter.
Friedrichs and hundreds of other parents said the materials are not age appropriate and they push an agenda on children.
Here’s more from the Post:
Friedrichs first learned about the condom relay races being used as part of sex ed in California schools when a concerned mother contacted her about it. “In that case, a school board in Northern California had already allowed the curriculum before it became law. And when this mom found out about it, she started pushing back.”
… In kindergarten through third grade, children will learn about gender identity; they’ll be taught about masturbation in fourth through sixth grades; in seventh and eighth grade they’ll learn about consent and sexual abuse, and in ninth through 12th grade, they’ll learn more about “contraception and healthy sexual relationships, including advice for LGBTQ students,” The Washington Post added.
Josh Stickney, communications manager with Equality California, said he does not believe the curriculum is out of the ordinary.
“We don’t believe any of this will prime students to do anything they wouldn’t normally do,” Stickney said. “It’s important to dispel myths and stigma around sex health for the LGBT community. That starts with awareness and sex education.”
But many parents believe it goes too far by encouraging young students to have sex, rather than emphasizing the potential risks.
Friedrichs said the new guidelines encourage teachers to talk to students as young as 11 about experimenting with oral and anal sex. She said teachers are supposed to tell students where they can get birth control and abortions without their parents’ knowledge or permission, such as a Planned Parenthood facility.
If a teacher refuses to teach the curriculum, someone from Planned Parenthood may come in to teach the students instead, she said.
“No one believes it until they see it,” she told the Christian Post. “Now that we’ve been able to help parents to understand what’s actually in the curriculums and they’re viewing it for themselves, they see the urgent need to rescue the kids. Now there’s a groundswell of parents that’s growing fast and fighting back.”
More information is available through Informed Parents of California.