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There is little question that schools are responsible for teaching more than the “three Rs.” As a high school teacher, I strive to inculcate positive habits and behaviors in my students, things like organization, cheerfulness, politeness, industry, reliability, promptness, attention to detail, kindness and altruism, appreciation for literature, democracy and the accomplishments of ancestors, and above all, appreciation for America. It will surprise no one, I suspect, that in California, they focus on rather more earthy concerns. Fox News has the story: 

Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.

Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are ‘ready for sex’ and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a ‘genderbread’ person for lessons in gender identity.

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A “genderbread person”? Surely that’s a typo. California schools wouldn’t mix baking, children’s stories and leftist gender agitprop, would they?

It was the parents of ninth-graders at Acalanes that started raising questions after their children told them one instructor threw a model of female reproductive organs at one student and that many felt the sessions were pressuring them to have sex.

Now there’s a surreal scene: ‘Mommy, that man threw a uterus at me!” In order for this sort of thing to make much sense, one has to understand that there are leftist activists that believe—and are very militant about teaching—that there is no such thing as “gender.” Gender, to their way of non-thinking is a social construct that has no basis in biology or reality. Some would argue that this is merely an attempt by some very confused, even mentally ill, people to justify their gender confusion. I would argue that if you want to believe you’re a non-gendered space alien, that’s fine as long as you don’t bother others, you’re an adult, and you don’t try to impose your pathologies on the children of others.

But why would anyone think 9th grade children—most at that age are only 14 at most –were being pressured to have sex? Oh, I see; because they were.

Acalanes Union School District officials told the institute [Pacific Justice Institute] the class was not taught by teachers but rather the staff from a local Planned Parenthood in nearby Walnut Creek.

Included in the materials provided to students were documents and worksheets that included a checklist entitled, ‘Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?’ in which the 13 and 14-year-old students are asked questions such as if they have water–based lubricants and condoms and if they could handle a possible infection or pregnancy. Another worksheet reads like a how-to on obtaining consent from a possible sexual partner and offers possible statements like ‘Do you want to go back to my place?’ and ‘Is it OK if I take my pants off?

“Back to my place?” Fourteen year olds have a place? I suspect some would argue that kids of this age know everything about sex so they should be getting correct information in school. If they know everything, why do they need information? Trust me, gentle readers, kids know very little about human sexuality, and even less about human nature and relationships. They know some of what to giggle at, but where real understanding and knowledge are concerned, they’re pretty much clueless. Even access to the all-knowing Internet does not provide answers that are meaningful to them. I can look up a great deal of information about nuclear reactors, but that still doesn’t give me the information necessary to safely run one.

They were also taught about gender identity with the ‘Genderbread Person,’ a play on the name of the holiday cookie, to teach them how to identify themselves as either, ‘agender,’ ‘bigender,’ and ‘two spirit’ to name a few.

Hmmm. Wouldn’t kids who have some degree of gender confusion be aware of that? Do they actually need instruction? And for everyone else, what’s the point? To induce gender confusion at a time in life where confusion runs rampant? Isn’t this the business of parents and whatever counselors they chose to engage? I know it’s not hip to even think this, but what do parents have to say?

Our daughter took this course two years ago, after being provided the opportunity to opt out of the class,’ John Lyons, whose two children attend AHS, told “The opt-out form provided a handful of bullet points about what the course would cover. After completing the course, it was apparent that some of what was ‘taught’ went beyond what was represented on the opt-out form. This is disappointing to us, because we are actually strong supporters of teen sex education in a peer environment to complement our home-based discussions.’

Lyons added that he and his wife were dismayed by how the students were instructed. He said valuable and factual information was delivered in a manner that seemed to promote Planned Parenthood’s agenda regarding ‘social justice’ through sex education of teens.

And there, gentle readers, is the point: social justice. This is just another leftist propaganda vehicle to indoctrinate children into buying the Progressive agenda. The school district is, as one might suspect, hiding under its desk, and so is Planned Parenthood:

Officials for the Planned Parenthood’s Northern California region did not respond to requests for comment.

Parents in the district have started a petition that has garnered over 100 signatures and have asked that AHS provide a sex ed preview course offered live to parents by the same person who teaches the kids, prior to their taking the course, to give parents the full disclosure and knowledge necessary to make an informed decision regarding their child’s participation. So far, the school has not responded to their requests. They are also asking for the school system to develop and implement their own curriculum.

The Pacific Justice Institute has warned Acalanes Union High School District it may be in violation of the law.

‘We have not seen any documentation to indicate that distribution of the surveys complied with either Federal law of the California Education Code as to parental notification,’ reads a section of PJI’s letter, citing that a federal amendment on the protection of pupil rights states that schools must acquire written parental consent before a student is required to participate in surveys, analysis, or evaluations.

They also reference a California education code that contains the same requirements.

‘Notably, the law does not merely require notice; it requires specific parental permission for this type of survey to be administered,’ reads the letter.

Officials for the Acalanes Union High School District did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Well of course not. This isn’t about something as trivial as the law, this is about social justice!

Let’s be fair: why don’t we just teach every 9th grader both sides of the sexuality issue and let them decide! Isn’t that democratic? No. It’s lunacy.

And what would those two sides be? On one hand we have the idea that sexuality is a very meaningful and powerful expression of love between two committed people, people whose bonds and the circumstances necessary to maintain them, go beyond momentary sexual attraction and pleasure. We have the conviction that it is wisest to wait until one is married. We have the understanding that men and women tend to see sexuality and all of the issues revolving around it in very different ways, and that these views are hardwired into our psyches and bodies. Yes, biology matters.

And on the other, we have the idea that sexuality is to be celebrated by pretty much everyone in every way imaginable. Sex is free of the burdens of responsibility, disappointment, morality or social disapproval. As long as condoms are used, it’s all good. Some might accuse me of over-simplifying the views of the hard left, but how am I, in substance and teaching, incorrect? If you’re teaching 14 year olds to have sex and how to engage in politically correct dialogue and bargaining in the process, and that gender isn’t real, where does you draw the line? At what age would sex be inappropriate? What sexual activities would be inappropriate, even dangerous?

To what degree does this lack of individual responsibility contribute to a lack of appreciation for the truth, morality and the rule of law when children find themselves at college and believe that accusing the innocent of rape is entirely appropriate as long as it reflects the correct narrative?

Don’t get me wrong, my views on sexuality are hardly puritanical, but I do believe strongly in individual responsibility, which mandates caring as much—actually more–for the feelings and welfare of others as my own. I also know that children—and people in middle and high school are children—are generally not nearly responsible enough to engage in sex. I do not advocate abstinence-only sex education. I don’t because I do understand human nature, and I know abstinence-only preaching just doesn’t work, if we define working as being effecting in preventing children from engaging in sex.

Back in the 1400s when I was in high school, we were regularly subjected to graphic and gory traffic safety movies. After seeing one, we would earnestly swear never to drive unsafely, but by the final bell of the day, we’d be spinning cookies in the school parking lot. The urge to drive is powerful in teenagers, but the urge to sex is even more powerful. Kids are going to have sex, therefore it is only rational to provide them with the facts—not social justice or fetish-based indoctrination–of biology, conception and the realities of life—emotional, practical, biological and spiritual—after the act of sex.

Most important is to understand with crystal clarity to whom these responsibilities fall. Is it the duty of parents to teach their children such things, or the responsibility of the schools and whomever they might engage to do the teaching?

Clearly, it is the responsibility of parents. But some of them shirk that responsibility! Oh? In whose estimation? If parents haven’t informed them as Planned Parenthood—which I do not see as the locus of all the world’s evil—would prefer by the age of 13, are schools somehow bound by morality, law or necessity to inform those children as they see fit?

Children, need love, but they also need limits. The wisest course of action is for parents, when it is age appropriate, to inform them of the realities of human sexuality. However, that instruction should be accompanied by the admonition to wait for marriage, accompanied by reasons, practical, spiritual, moral and logical. Children need to know that there are consequences to having intercourse that can be harmful and lasting. Those consequences might include the disapproval of those they love and respect, suddenly being forced to assume the responsibilities of child bearing and parenthood, self-imposed limitations on future choices, being forced to take on personal responsibility for the lives of others at a time most can’t assume responsibility for themselves, great emotional strife and many others. It is a full understanding of the consequences of their actions that may enable many kids to resist biological urges, peer pressure and the urging of progressive propagandists who focus almost entirely on the pleasurable aspects of human sexuality with a decidedly political subtext.

Politicians come, with astonishing rapidity, to believe that there is nothing that is not their business. Some educators, particularly those of a progressive bent, come to the same faulty and destructive belief, a belief that allows them to justify anything. There are simply some things that aren’t the business of educators. This is among them.