Parents and community members in Fayette County, Georgia are preparing to stave off new pornographic sex ed curriculum for their middle and high schoolers.
In a letter to The Citizen, Flat Creek Baptist Church Senior Pastor and health textbook committee member Josh Saefkow expressed “immense concern and call to action over the curriculum being presented.”
“My first concern is the timing in which we are to read all the material being presented. We have been presented thousands of pages to read, analyze and report back within only three months,” Saefkow wrote. “It causes suspicion to arise with the rushed timeline of the committee. Once I started reading the material, I understood why. So far, I have learned of several disturbing and downright horrifying facts about the potential new textbooks;
- Several are supported by Planned Parenthood and Trojan Condom board members.
- Even of greater concern was when I discovered to my horror that my elementary daughter would have to write a school paper on masturbation when she gets to high school, if this new curriculum passes.
- Controversial sexual orientations like transgenderism are introduced as young as 11 years old.
Needless to say, I believe the committee should freeze their process and review all the material thoroughly.”
We’d go further and say put an end to this thinly veiled indoctrination to begin with!
Regarding the question on masturbation, which Saefkow pulled from Lesson 2 of Glencoe Human Sexuality, he noted the Quick Write section at the top of the lesson stating: “Write a list of questions you have about sexuality. After reading the lesson, review your list and consider talking to a trusted adult about any remaining questions or concerns.”
Saefkow then noted the “Health Concepts” area of the “Guide to Reading” section on the same page, which stated, “Explain why some people masturbate.”
See what we mean? Why should any child be made to answer such a question in school??
According to The Citizen, the Fayette School System administration is on the defensive, having issued a statement that its current abstinence-based approach is not going away.
“The Fayette County Public School System’s health curriculum has and will continue to emphasize that abstinence is the only truly safe measure that students can use to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,” the statement reads, in part.
Sections of the books being reviewed by the committee deal with several topics, such as abstinence, dating, declining a date, sexual orientation and “gender identity,” coming out, “sexual awakening,” masturbation, pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Among the health textbooks/workbooks under consideration are “Glencoe Human Sexuality,” “Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle School,” “Pearson Human Sexuality,” and “Glencoe Teen Health — Healthy Relationships and Sexuality.”
The Citizen continues:
A workbook under consideration by the committee is the “Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle School,” portions of which some committee members point to as being inappropriate.
Middle school students in the workbook are given a number of activities and lessons, with students given scenarios or questions, and space in the workbook to provide a written response.
As an example, one of the middle-school-age scenarios states: “Carsen’s sexual urges and emotions have increased since he began dating Katie. Katie is also very sexually attracted to Carsen. Home alone, they begin to kiss. Kissing leads to intimate touches, and both share the desire to have sex. Include at least three strategies for effective use of this method.”
The student is asked to provide a written response to: How would you finish the story to help Carsen and Katie decide what they should do to reduce their risk of STIs (sexually transmitted infections)?
In the section entitled “Am I normal?” students are to imagine that they are responsible for managing a school blog that allows a safe place for eighth graders to ask questions about their sexual health. Based on that criteria, students are asked to give a written response relevant to the questions.
An example of one of the questions is: “I’m embarrassed to ask, but is it normal to ejaculate while I’m sleeping. I wake up and am surprised and uncomfortable. Am I normal?”
Again, why are any of these questions that need to be addressed in school? These are conversations for parents to have with their children, period.
School board member Barry Marchman conceded that “I think some of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum is too comprehensive, and not what I’d consider age-appropriate,” adding that he has not seen the books himself.
Another book considered by the school is the G-W Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle Schools, several pages of which The Citizen reviewed, including pages titled “Choose Your Own Ending,” “Understanding Different Types of Sexuality,” “The Effects of Homophobia,” and “Am I Normal.”
Under “The Effects of Homophobia,” The Citizen reports, the student is asked what the impacts of the following scenarios will be:
• Transgender Carly has moved from one school to another to escape bullying, but at the new school is faced with “rude and inappropriate comments.”
• Iyanna makes the “difficult decision” to confess to her parents that she is bisexual and instead of receiving their support, “her parents made her feel like an outcast and unloved with their rude and threatening comments.”
The same book also lists several “Key Terms,” defining words such as “homophobia” as an “irrational fear of homosexuality” or “transgender” as “Referring to a person who chooses a gender identity different from the one assigned by society.” As we’ve said before, if the left gets to control the definition of words, they can swing the argument in any direction they please.
The 13 members of the health committee were selected after community members were given the chance to apply back in October. Three members, including Saefkow, are “from faith-based organizations.” The rest of the committee is comprised of “one healthcare professional; one mental health professional; three parents (a healthcare professional, college mentor, and business owner); three educators with students in the school system; and two educators without students in the school system,” the Citizen notes.
“They will meet twice in February to hear presentations from the top textbook vendors and get feedback from teachers prior to selecting the recommended textbooks,” school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said.
Thankfully, Berry-Dreisbach notes, parents can ultimately opt their children out of classes should the committee be unable to agree on an ethical textbook.
The Citizen adds that recommended textbooks will be presented to the public in March for review, and adoption by the Fayette County Board of Education will take place in April or May.
If you are a Fayette County resident, pay close attention as this situation unfolds! It seems as though there may be no decent option for textbooks that don’t promote LGBT ideology, abortion, and promiscuity. It is our job to take an active role in our children’s education. Lord help them if we pass that responsibility onto the public school system.
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