Parents 'sick' over schools' new health framework

Friday, May 10, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

sex educationDespite objections from parents and traditional values organizations, the California Board of Education has approved new sex-education guidelines.

The Health Education Curriculum framework is designed for public school teachers and encourages classroom discussions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBT relationships.

"This is kind of a guideline that they're going to use over the next ten years to guide how they believe school districts should be teaching health education from kindergarten through 12th grade," explains Greg Burt of California Family Council, one of the organizations speaking out against the framework.

"It'll guide textbook publishers [and] it'll guide school boards when they want to know … If we've got to teach health education, what does the law require of us? And this document will be used as a guide going forward."

Some materials, including one that explains sexual relations to children as young as five years old, were removed from the framework. However, Burt says those books were "simply a sampling of some of the books they were recommending."

"Around the country, different states are pushing what they're calling comprehensive sex education and you think, Well, okay, that sounds good, that's going to be accurate, it's going to make sure kids are informed. [But] they never tell you the details of what they mean by 'comprehensive,'" he warns.

"And so now that California is actually getting into the nitty-gritty details of what they mean, they mean every sexual behavior – stuff that is unbelievably disgusting, stuff that would be in an adult bookstore," he laments. "We know that it's spreading in Colorado, on the East Coast … so parents have got to be vigilant around the country, because what starts in California spreads."

An organization known as Informed Parents of California (IPOC) is encouraging a student "sit-out" on May 17. The objective is to impact schools financially.

"That will cost school districts money, because they only get funds based on how many kids who are in class every day," says Burt. "If that doesn't work, we're telling people to pull their kids out of school altogether."

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