Chicago Bares: City Moves Goal Posts on Sex Ed

By Tony Perkins

People in the Windy City are getting blown away all right — but not by the weather. Parents at a local school say they are “shocked” and “horrified” at what their fifth-graders are learning as part of a new sex education curriculum. Moms and dads had the opportunity to flip through a binder of lessons at Andrew Jackson Language Academy during a special workshop, and some were too disgusted to even repeat what they’d read.

Angela Bryant, the chair of the local school council, said that the handouts were counterproductive because they were created “in a manner that actually is piquing curiosity about sexual pleasure.” Although Academy officials insisted that some of the more objectionable material was accidentally included, the same content appears on other schools’ websites as part of the class. Among other things, these 10-year-olds were learning alternative sex acts, how to use female condoms, lubricant, and what kids can do to prolong the sexual experience. Until the issue is ironed out, angry parents are demanding another school board meeting. One mom said she considers herself a liberal, but even she was “appalled” at what Chicago teachers considered appropriate for elementary students.

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Maryland parents can sympathize. There, middle schoolers were asked to report on their sexual activity for the first time as part of an anonymous online survey. Questions about how old they were, how many times, condom use were just some of the invasive topics put before kids. One angry dad wrote a scathing op-ed in the Baltimore Sun asking what’s on most of our minds: “On what authority does the state of Maryland act when they question our middle school children, still babies all of them, about such outrageous and distasteful subject matter?” David Bittle fumes.

“…To subject everyday middle school students to this very troubling inquisition, weighed down with oodles and oodles of inappropriate themes, demonstrates professional ineptitude found only in elected official and civil-servant circles. Furthermore, it is a disservice to the 99.9 percent of students who, thankfully, needn’t worry or wrestle with such mature subject matter.” Don’t get me wrong. Sex education is important — from parents, in their own time, and in accordance with their own values.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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