In a previous article “What Exactly Is Common Core?” I went into some detail about what the Common Core Initiative is. In this article I will start to explain the “National Sexuality Education Standards”. Rather than go through the standards line by line, I found it a bit more interesting and informative to talk about how and what is being applied in today’s class room.
This is a hard subject to write on as it strikes up debate, more often than not, that revolves around emotion. It is also extremely hard to drudge up information as to what our children are being or are going to be taught. Since information on the Sexual Education Standards is scarce, hidden or removed from documentation and websites, I will rely heavily on what parents are seeing first hand and a document known as the “National Sexuality Education Standards”.
Let’s get started, I’m going to start by taking a closer look at the title of the document that I am using in this article, “National Sexuality Education Standards”.
- National: Federal
- Sexuality: Involvement or interest in sexual activity
- Educational: Instructive or informative
- Standards: Standards have to be measured so teasing will apply.
So what does this entail? Let’s have a look.
Note: According to the standards this will start at age five.
These standards are not intended to be implemented as a core subject like English and Math. Basically, don’t expect to see a class such as “Sex Ed” that you can opt out of. They will be fed into every other aspect of Common Core. On page 6 of the document you will find the following text,
Introduction and Background
“The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)3; existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade4; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics5, recently adopted by most states.”
Pay particular attention to the line that reads,
“Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics5”
Why in the world would the “National Sexuality Education Standards” have to consult with the “Common Core Standards” in English and Math? Answer: The Sexuality Education is being loaded into, between and around the Math and English curriculum. Let’s think about this, we know that schools are not going to put a bunch of 5 year old children into a Sex Ed class, at least not at first, so they are loading the current core curriculum with Sex Ed material. To further support this claim, people on the career path of being an educator are having modules added to prep them on how to teach Sex Ed. Yes, you heard it correctly, Math and English college students that are looking to become educators are learning how to teach Sex Ed. Just try to opt out of that.
Recently kids in a middle school had a mandatory assembly that they attended. What was the assembly? Answer: It was an assembly in support and provided by the LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. Of course parents were not notified that their children where required to attend this assembly. Regardless if you agree with what was presented to the children or not, the parents should have been notified of the content of the assembly in order to opt out or at least be prepared to answer questions that their children may have on the subject. I have an edited, for the sake of time, video of the assembly below.
Let’s shift gears and take a look at some of the standards put forth in this document.
By the End of 2nd Grade (Age 7), Students should be able to:
- “Identify different kinds of family structures.”
- “Demonstrate ways to show respect for different types of families.”
- “Describe differences and similarities in how boys and girls may be expected to act.”
- “Provide examples of how friends, family, media, society and culture influence ways in which boys and girls think they should act.”
By the End of 5nd Grade (Age 10),
- “Identify medically-accurate information and resources about puberty and personal hygiene.”
- “Define sexual orientation as the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or different gender.”
I love how they lump sexual orientation and gender together, effectively making them the same. Want to confuse a child, they are on the right path. I find the ordering of the last objective to be interesting. Notice how “same gender” is before “different gender“. I know this is splitting hairs but you can trust that there is a method to the madness. It seems that the standard has a strong emphasis on homosexuality. This is not going to make it easy on parents with religious beliefs as well as the potential to compromise morality. How in the world can a parent opt out of the curriculum if it is being implemented in this manner? For example?
In Denmark, Wisconsin Dr. Pesta was giving a speech on Common Core. When he reached a point where he was talking about the “National Sexuality Education Standards” a teacher interrupted Dr. Pesta and stood up holding a little red card along with several parents in the audience. What was the little red card? Answer: It was a pledge between the school and the student agreeing to defend and support homosexual marriage and the lifestyle every year they are a student of that school. Did I mention that the students that signed and turned in this pledge where 2nd graders? Parents would have never found out if it wasn’t for a couple of the students that dumped the cards into their backpacks rather than turning them in as they were supposed to.
Moving on. Just how is this standard going to be implemented? Let’s take a look,
Administering Sexuality Standards
- “Instruction by qualified sexuality education teachers is essential for student achievement.”
- “Students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active learning strategies…”
- “Sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice skills relating to sexuality education.”
- “…Students need multiple opportunities and a variety of assessment strategies to determine their achievement of the sexuality education standards and performance.”
Earlier I stated that modules are being introduced for people pursuing a career in education. Line one is the reason why they implemented the modules. The second line is interesting as it calls for engaging in “cooperative” and “active” strategies with the next line calling for “practice”. I wonder what the “variety of assessments” to measure the child’s “achievement” in the “National Sexuality Education Standards” are? What do they mean by active and cooperative? Well, we know that the Sexuality Education will be included and presented alongside the core courses, that is unfortunately all that I have been able to find at this time.
So what does this look like from within a school. Here is a poster displayed in a Shawnee, Kansas middle school, at the front of the class, for all the children to read. What does the poster say? I will tell you what it does not say. It leaves no distinction between any of the listed and supposed sexual acts. It does not state that talking will not cause disease or pregnancy while others will, it effectively lumps them all together as being the same. This is just dangerous in my opinion. At least they could have gotten the spelling of “Caressing” correct and not listed talking twice.
A father, after his daughter showed him a picture she took of the poster, wrote the school about the inappropriateness of the poster. The school responded with the following,
“The poster that you reference is actually part of our middle school health and science material, and so it is a part of our district approved curriculum.”
“The curriculum it is a part of, it aligns with national standards around those topics, and it’s part of our curriculum in the school district.”
“Hocker Grove Middle School Spokeswoman Leigh Anne Neal, (Shawnee, KS)”
Is there any question as to what standards the spokeswoman is referring to? I think not, it is the “The National Sexuality Education Standards”. The above poster, video and stories are just a few examples showing the implementation of the Sexuality Standards in our children’s schools.
My next article will be on the “Common Core Standards – Data Collection and Mining”. There is so much to cover with Common Core that it is going to take several ongoing articles just to get a full understanding of the current standards and even more articles in an effort to keep all the information up to date.
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What is Common Core Series:
What Exactly Is Common Core?
What is Common Core English All About?
What Is Common Core Math All About?
Common Core And The “National Sexuality Education Standards”
Common Core Standards – Data Collection and Mining
Common Core – What can I do? (Coming Soon)