Last week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that his office says will “modernize” sexual education standards across the state.
Of course, to those of you who have been paying attention to what “modernized” sexual education curricula looks like you will understand the standard used is far from simply contemporary — it is downright radical.
Senate Bill 818, which Pritzker signed on Friday as Just the News reports, requires the Illinois State Board of Education to provide schools that teach sex ed with newly adapted standards by August 2022.
The standards will be based on the highly controversial National Sex Education Standards, themselves formulated in part with the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, or SIECUS.
The latter group promotes what is called “sex positive” views on sexuality, gender, and identity. The “task force” behind their Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education includes executives from Planned Parenthood and their attitudes towards sexuality, gender, and identity are much the same.
As Just the News notes, the group’s tag line is, “Sex Ed for Social Change.”
Schools that do not teach sex ed will not be required do under the new standards, and parents of students attending those that do will be allowed to opt their children out.
For those students who will be enrolled, they will be introduced to concepts such as gender expression, family structures that vary from monogamous, opposite-sex marriages, and different types of sexual abuse starting in kindergarten.
Children in grades 3 to 5 will learn about anatomy, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Grades 6-8 will be introduced to various kinds of sexual acts, sexual exploitation, and sex trafficking.
High schoolers, meanwhile, will be exposed to the decidedly political idea of “reproductive justice,” and “power and privilege within sexual relationships,” according to Just the News.
You may recall a private Manhattan prep school earlier this year made headlines after it hosted a seminar on “porn literacy” for high schoolers. The same teacher was exposing kindergarteners, meanwhile, to cartoons that discussed masturbation.
That teacher belongs to the same school of thought as one of the primary organizations behind the curricula standards that are now required for Illinois public schools to adhere to.
“We are delegating all authority to an unaccountable national group that can change these standards at any given moment with no check at the state level or the school level,” state Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) warned before the bill was passed.
One entity was certainly pleased when these standards were approved by lawmakers, however — Planned Parenthood.
“Illinois schools will now be equipped to take an active role in preventing bullying, harassment, abuse, sexual violence, and interpersonal violence, which helps ensure all Illinois students can thrive,” Planned Parenthood Illinois Action President and CEO Jennifer Welch said in a statement.
“And students will learn about healthy relationships and the experiences and needs of all students, including the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities, which promotes acceptance and understanding.”
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