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California Moms Sue School District Over Teaching On Abstinence

August 24, 2012 by  

California Moms Sue School District Over Teaching On Abstinence
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Two mothers in California are suing the Clovis United School District over an abstinence-only sex education program. They say the students need information on condoms and sexually transmitted diseases.

The California District of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have joined the moms in the suit. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing those involved in the case.

In 2003, a law was passed in California requiring that public schools thoroughly discuss sexual behavior in a medically accurate way.

According to the lawsuit, the school district is teaching that students should wait until marriage before engaging in sexual activity. In light of the 2003 law, this is unacceptable in the eyes of the suing mothers, Aubree Smith and Mica Ghimenti.

“Our kids need complete, accurate information to help them protect themselves against STDs and unintended pregnancy,” said Smith.

“Our children need to know more about sex education than abstinence-only,” Ghimenti added.

The school district emailed this statement to NBC News:

It appears from an initial review that the concern raised in this lawsuit stems from a question of differing interpretations of the depth and breadth of a school district’s obligation to cover detailed sexual content in its family life-sex education materials. …We will continue our review of the suit in order to better understand the concerns raised by the plaintiffs, but Clovis Unified has fully complied with both the California Education Code and the State’s content standards.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Gary L

    Its too bad the suing mothers’ parents didn’t use condoms.

    • Robert Smith

      Then again living in today’s world one can die if protection isn’t used.

      Ignorance is deadly.

      Why would ANYONE be opposed to knowledge of any sort?

      Oops here have a bite of the apple. If you eat any of it you won’t get to live in this place anymore.

      Ruling through fear and intimidation instead of knowledge. What a horrible life.

      Rob

      • Gary L

        Don’t you think that if the parents are really that concerned about protecting thier own children from STDs they would sit them down and teach them. Instead lets sue. Yes this is now the pathetic society we now live in.

      • http://norman@cates-family.com Norman F.

        Robert, what would be your reaction if the school put in classes on nude pole dancing? After all it is a lucrative career. Or classes on sanitary homosexual practices, with student participation in classroom demonstrations? The public schools in Massachusetts took students on a similar weekend training session.

        Think about what you are saying, Robert, not everything is appropriate.

      • FreedomFighter

        WTF happened to parent resposibility for there children?

        School is for learning science, reading, writing and arithmatic not for how to use a condom and what STDs will do to you.

        A concerned partent need only get one on the internet and get the material needed and buy a box of condoms then have a chat with the child, no need to wase school time.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

      • eddie47d

        The problem is that Conservatives think with a closed mind. They believe they can control sexual urges and body functions strictly through Abstinence and never have any policies in place if it doesn’t work. All these parents are asking for is to include all options for not all humans are programmed to act like robots. Sex happens,pregnancies happens so lets deal with the whole picture including morality and Abstinence.

      • http://personallibertydigest Lee Kimble

        Why are these parents spending time and money in this. Would seam to me that their time would be better spent teaching their children what they deem apporpriate.

      • s c

        Comrade ‘r,’ apparently no one ever explained the dangers of doings things have consequences. I realize that utopians like you hate facts and common sense, but if you’d take the time to apply a fairly simple method to this topic (abstinence) you just might “get it.” Switch topics, and substitute suicide (Russian roulette) for abstinence. You can put a bullet into your head only once, genius. After that, you’re just another utopian statistic.
        Utopians don’t get it. They never got it. They don’t want to get it. Get it? Duh.
        Iran needs you. Move there.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        eddie says: The problem is that Conservatives think with a closed mind. They believe they can control sexual urges and body functions strictly through Abstinence and never have any policies in place if it doesn’t work.

        Wrong eddie. The problem is that neo-leiberal-socialist-progressive-digenerates think that one is incapable of controlling sexual urges and body functions. This is completely false, a myth in fact. Indeed, one is more than capable of controlling his/her urges, and that, through Abstinence. Off course, one is not expected that abstinence be long term, hence the policy that has been in place since creation to address the issue at the appointed time, Marriage!

        eddie: All these parents are asking for is to include all options for not all humans are programmed to act like robots. Sex happens, pregnancies happens so lets deal with the whole picture including morality and Abstinence.

        Agreed, but let the parents assume that responsibility, and not the state.

      • Honestly

        This type of teaching is the parents responsibility not the school or anyone else. Parents need to own up to the raising of their children. They birthed them and they are totally responsible for them. It is time to stop expecting everyone else to do their job, period!!!

        • runstowin

          You are a good example of this statement:Ruling through fear and intimidation instead [...]

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      MALE HOMOSEXUALS SHOULD NEVER USE CONDOMS. SINCE HOMOSEXUALITY IS A BIO-SEXUAL ORIENTATION, ONLY NATURAL SEX SHOULD BE PRACTICED. THE USE OF LATEX CREATES A MINDSET THAT HOMOSEX NURTURES DISEASE.

      CONDOMS ARE A CONTRACEPTIVE AID FOR HETEROSEXUALS. CONDOMS ARE NOT FOR MALE HOMOSEXUAL USE.

      • Gary L

        Condoms help to minimize the risk of STDs. HOMO or straight.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Gary L,”

        THROUGHOUT MY LIFE, MY PARTNERS AND I HAVE NEVER USED CONDOMS. I AM ATHEIST. DEATH IS A NON-ISSUE.

      • Chester

        Christopher, you state, rather loudly, that to you, DEATH is a non-issue. That may be true to you, but what about the partner you so calmly infected with a one hundred per cent FATAL disease? Perhaps they don’t see death as you do, something to be welcomed at any time, and you, sir, have just done the next thing to placing a gun to their head and pulling the trigger. What? You claim you have NO contagious diseases? If you refuse to practice safer sex, how can you be so sure, unless you have never engaged in any sex acts other than masturbation? I have known men, and women, who claimed to be clean, but when tested, had a number of different nasties, some of which would NOT respond to antibiotics, oh, and am NOT referring to AIDS or HIV.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Chester,”

        THERE ARE TWO THINGS YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND – MALE HOMOSEXUALS AND THE GENERATION “GAP.”

        I AM FORTY-FIVE YEARS-OLD. MY PARTNERS ARE USUALLY IN THEIR SIXTIES. OLDER MALES ENJOY NATURAL SEX ["SOLID/LIQUID" EXCHANGE]. IT IS OUR RIGHT AS CONSENTING MALES TO PRACTICE NATURAL SEX.

        MOST NEGRO MALES CONSIDER WEARING CONDOMS AS AN AFFIRMATION THAT “SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH US” AND WE OUR NATURAL CARRIERS OF EXOTIC GERMS AND DISEASES.

        I HAVE N-E-V-E-R SUPPORTED HIV/AIDS INITIATIVES – THEY ARE WRONG AS, “TWO-LEFT SHOES.” MALE HOMOSEXUALS ALREADY RECEIVE SOCIETAL RIDICULE. THE ONLY TIME WE HAVE TO BE “FREE” IS DURING SEX. I AM NOT A HYPOCRITE. SINCE HOMOSEXUALITY IS BIOLOGICAL, I PRACTICE BIOLOGICAL HOMOSEX. IF YOUNGER-MALE HOMOSEXUALS WANT TO UTILIZE CONDOMS, THAT IS THEIR BUSINESS – I LIKE OLDER MALES.

        IN ADDITION, CONDOM USE IS NOT PRACTICAL FOR MALE HOMOSEXUALS. MALE HOMOSEXUALS ENJOY “CRUISING.” A POPULAR “CRUISING SPOT,” FOR EXAMPLE, IS A HOMELESS SHELTER. THE AVERAGE-HOMELESS MALE ONLY WANTS FIVE DOLLARS IN ORDER TO PURCHASE A PACK OF CIGARETTES AND A HALF-PINT OF WHISKEY [OR, THREE 24-oz. CANS OF MALT LIQUOR]. BECAUSE “CRUISING ENCOUNTERS” TEND TO BE “FAST-PACED,” THE TWO MALES DO NOT HAVE TIME [NOR, THE DESIRE] TO USE CONDOMS.

        PEOPLE SHOULD NOT TRY TO “MANAGE” THE SEX LIVES OF OTHERS. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Hey Chris, do us all a favour and spare us the sordid homosexual-sexual details of you and your partners. I think most of us here are disgusted! I know i am…please exercise a little common sense and discretion.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Jay,”

        “Chester” ASKED A QUESTION. I GAVE HIM AN ANSWER. WHEN I MADE MY INITIAL COMMENT, I DID NOT EXPECT SOMEONE TO TELL ME I WAS WRONG.

        MALE-HOMOSEXUAL “CRUISING” IS A REASON WHY SO MANY WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS HAVE HIV-INFECTIONS.

      • runstowin

        Sodomite sex is not natural, it is grotesque and deadly.

    • hoosier farmer

      I don’t believe in abortion but I might make an exception for the parents of these two morons.

    • al

      You would think that the mothers would set down and teach their own children about these things and not rely on teachers in public school to provide this intimate and sensitive knowledge. But again, maybe the motive is economic gain instead of knowledge….. You can never tell….

  • Ted Crawford

    This is a textbook example of the entitlement, nanny state mentality! In the Dictionary, under ‘Irresponsible’, we will find these two…..female genetic contributers! (Clearly can’t be labeled as either Mothers or Parents) !
    I never allowed the school system to establish the moral conscience and attitudes of my children, and I will fight to prevent them from influencing my Grandchildren!
    I’m sure these two clowns simply believe that this is what they pay taxes for!

    • Chester

      Sir, teaching your children, or grandchildren about sex has NOTHING to do with their morals, as you and your children should have taught those by example. What this DOES have to do with is maybe preventing the accidents that otherwise WILL happen, maybe not to YOUR descendants, but to someone’s children. You might look up the teen birth rate in areas that teach abstinence only and nothing at all as opposed to the areas where there ARE decent sex ed classes that teach more than girls can get pregnant and boys can make girls pregnant. Of course, by your standards, boys and girls would know NOTHING about sex until they were married, and then they would only learn by experimenting with each other, if the first time didn’t hurt the girl so bad she REFUSED to ever play that game again.

      • Ted Crawford

        Typical entitlement Progressive mindset ! First in the normal narcisisstic, self-righteous attitude common amoung Progressives, you presume to establish what my “standards’ are!
        Then , appearently believing that everyone is a Progressive, you assume that we poor. ignorant members of the Proletariat can only posses the knowledge freely and generously is given to us( for our own good) by the All Knowing Politburo!
        Surprize some of us are still able to think for ourselves, and even to learn from our life experiences and pass that knowledge, without the aid of Government to others !

  • Brad in TX

    Maybe paying for abortions isn’t a bad idea, do we really want these liberals at home making any more liberals?

  • Brad in TX

    Maybe that storm headed to Tampa they should name Uncle Tom for the New Black panther presence going to be there. I hope it creates a vacuum large enough to abort everyone of them!!!

    • eddie47d

      You are one sick diseased puppy Brad!

      • Brad in TX

        Really Eddie, I’m not planning to go harm blackies at the DNC convention! They are the ones threatening to kill whities an the RNC in Tampa!!! You are a delussional IDIOTO!!

      • eddie47d

        No you are still the diseased one and take top honors in the “idiot” column.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        You display such offence at Brad’s statement eddie, that it prompts me to ask; are you a member of the BP party?

  • jim

    If these mom’s really have so much concern, why bitch about it…DO SOMETHING YOURSELF!!! Train up your kids In the way they should go…don’t abrogate your responsibilities by forcing them onto the Teachers!

  • runstowin

    I certainly do not want God hating government workers teaching children anything about sex, including abstinence. If you want your children to get a proper education get them out of the God hating public schools.

    • Joe Hammond

      There is a good argument to be made about sex education being the responsibility of parents and not the schools. But look about you, advertisement from the corporate controlled media uses sex to sell beer (a drug), clothes, food, social media, film, theatre, Las Vegas, a good time, music (rock, hip-hop, country and that;s not all), television shows, booze, New York City, and on and on….

      How do parents counter it? Trying to sell youngsters on mythology which is so easily debunked through the internet? Our own culture extolls the “stud” and condemns the “slut”. And then says “if you don’t put out your not ‘cool’”.

      Is religion an answer with all the priests, pastors and preachers being caught banging boys and girls? And the mythology instituions doing anything to cover-up because of the $$$$$!!

      The family in this Empire is morphing into somethng other than what made civilization strong. Single parents, men reduced to semen farms, women used as incubators for petrie dish embryos…hell, who needs family! Onward to “Brave New Word”!

      Like a former Republican candidate for governor in Texas once said about rape “just lie back and enjoy it!”

      • eddie47d

        …or “rape is legitimate”. There are plenty of buffoons out there keeping old stereotypes alive. Those kinds of comments do more harm and take education on the issue downhill.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Joe Hammond,” YOU ARE ON POINT!

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “eddie47d,”

        SIR, YOU ARE NOT BEING REALISTIC. YOUR “PIE IN THE SKY” VIEWS WILL NOT “SLIDE” THIS TIME. “Joe Hammond” TOLD THE TRUTH.

      • eddie47d

        I was agreeing with Joe.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “eddie47d,”

        SORRY, SIR; I GUESS I DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR REPLY TO “Joe Hammond.” IT WAS VAGUE.

    • Chester

      Sir, since you are so very positive our schools are God hating, perhaps YOU should go there and teach a course or two in how to LOVE God. I wonder how long it would be before the parents of the catholic children, and the more common baptist and non-denominational parents came in and called you out for forcing THEIR kids to learn YOUR religion. I doubt that you would last a week, even in most private schools where they are religious based, as your attitude would have you at odds with the administration almost as soon as you opened your mouth.

  • Dad

    Now we are getting to the root of the problem. It is time for the “mothers” to start being a parent… children learn from YOU! Show them some morals… they are watching, sugar shorts!
    As for the ‘skools’… Fire the administrators, stop the propaganda, and start teaching the 3 ‘R’s’… lower quartile performance is proof that the kids dumber… a trend for decades.

  • dawn

    It’s not the teachers responsibility,it should be the parents.to teach all .where is the morals.back in my days of school parents didn’t want you to teach all ,would go and complain not sue .show s how fare down the wrong immoral path we have gone .

  • JimH

    I think Moms(and I use the term loosely) and their lawers see dollar signs.
    It has nothing to do with educating, or lack of, their children.

  • Chester

    Why is it everyone confuses MORALS with decent sex education? Do you honestly want your son or daughter to go out into the world knowing ONLY what the rest of his or her friends have told them about sex? Or would you rather have your child halfway equipped to avoid the inevitable accident when two kids have time together without adult supervision? The truly MORAL thing to do is see to it they have all the knowledge they can gain on the subject without actually having to experience it first hand. Would you rather your son or daughter catch an uncurable because they didn’t know about condoms, or would you rather have them learn, not only about condoms and how they are used, but how to avoid situations where they might NEED to use condoms in the first place.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Chester,”

      SIR – EITHER YOU ARE CONFUSING IDEOLOGIES, OR, YOU THINK ONE IDEOLOGY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANOTHER.

      HETEROSEXUALS, LET ME MAKE THIS PLAIN TO YOU. KEEPING CHILDREN AWAY FROM TEENAGE PREGNANCY AND TRADITIONAL SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASES [SYPHILLIS, ETC.] IS A SEPARATE ISSUE FROM HIV/AIDS EDUCATION. IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR HIV/AIDS, THERE WOULD BE NO “PUSH” FOR SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS. PARENTS HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH TEENAGE PREGNANCIES AND “NORMAL” STDs FOR YEARS.

      WHEN MALE HOMOSEXUALS BEGAN DYING FROM THOSE STRANGE CANCERS WHICH “POPPED-UP” CIRCA 1981, POLITICALLY-MINDED HOMOSEXUALS ["gays"] “SPRUNG INTO ACTION” BY FORMING GROUPS LIKE, “Act-Up.” FROM CIRCA 1981 TO CIRCA 1990, MOST HETEROSEXUALS CONSIDERED AIDS TO BE A “gay” DISEASE. WHEN SO-CALLED “bisexual” MALES BEGAN INFECTING THEIR WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS WITH HIV [AND, THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF "I-V-DRUG-" USE], HETEROSEXUALS BEGAN TO REALIZE THEY COULD DIE FROM AIDS, TOO.

      SO, “Chester,” BECAUSE OF THE INITIATIVES OF “gay” GROUPS LIKE, “Act-Up,” HETEROSEXUALS [LIKE, Aubree Smith AND Mica Ghimenti] – NOW – UNDERSTAND SEX CAN KILL. SINCE YOUNG PEOPLE EXPERIMENT WITH SEX, THESE MOTHERS DO NOT WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO DIE. IF IT WAS A SIMPLE MATTER OF “CATCHING THE ‘Clap’,” PARENTS WOULD HAVE HANDLED IT PRIVATELY – LIKE, PARENTS HAVE DONE FOR YEARS.

      MY POINT IS, “Chester,” TEACHERS [OVER A PERIOD OF TIME] RECEIVED THEIR INFORMATION FROM “Act-Up” AND OTHERS. AS YOU INDICATED, CHILDREN HEAR ABOUT SEX FROM THEIR PEERS. NO METHOD OF INFORMATION-GATHERING IS MORE VALID THAN ANOTHER. IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR MALE HOMOSEXUALS, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

  • uvuvuv

    they call it being sexually active, like it’s some commendable undertaking that they do for self improvement. if these mothers are anticipating this form of indulgence with their daughters, why not sit them down at a quiet moment and explain things. then being so loving, hand them a box of condoms. this country is slipping in its education standards because they fill up the school day with all these stray programs. in 400 bc socrates was forced to drink poison because he was charged with corrupting the youth. funny how they cared more about that 2400 years ago than they do now.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “uvuvuv,” GREAT COMMENTS.

      • uvuvuv

        thanks

  • uvuvuv

    yes chester, i await your rebuttal.

  • Rebecca

    These mothers need to address the issue AT HOME. I am sick of people turning their children over to the school to raise them. If you educate them at home there is no need for the school to get involved.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Rebecca,”

      MA’AM – FIRST, IT IS GREAT TO SEE YOUR MONIKER.

      “Rebecca,” THERE ARE MOTHERS WHO HAVE EIGHTEEN-YEAR OLDS WHO HAVE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. THESE MOTHERS ARE NOW PREGNANT [AT AGE THIRTY-FIVE] AND NOT MARRIED. THEREFORE, BEING TAUGHT ABOUT SEX AT HOME IS NOT A GOOD IDEA FOR ALL CHILDREN.

    • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

      Rebecca, it is not a matter of education, but one of predation. There is more to so-called sex-education than most are aware of, much much, more!

      Consider the research of Dr. Judith A. Reisman

      http://www.drjudithreisman.com/archives/Washington_DC_Sex_Re-Ed_Starts_in_1958.pdf

  • Old504Troop

    They’re in California, so they shouldn’t have to worry too much longer. Soon, the schools there will be mandatorily teaching homosexuality to their children. Maybe then, they will also include condom use and STDs.

  • CBUETT

    Their bringing the lawsuit, and supported by the ACLU because abstinence is taught by religions; and taught that sex is to be shared beteen your life partner and is a way of showing love for another and making babies. And Liberals dont like anything from religion being taught to their brainnumb children.

    • Joe hammond

      Many religions allow for more than one partner in marriage. Even Christian. Take for instance the obvious idea of plural marriage in the Muslim religion. They are Islamic. Also take a look at the Fundamental Mormons of Colorado City who have many wifes. They are Christians. And these are not the only religions that practice multiple partners in marriage.

      Abstinence can be a great teaching tool but match it against the corporations which extoll sexuality to sell mouth wash and alcohol and it is obvious why so many children engage in sexual behavior long before they should. With morals and information being produced at a rapid fire pace through corporate controlled media, and that media making money on selling advertising time it becomes a matter of profits over morals. And that is why we see so many commercials extolling sexual possibilities and so many shows (film, TV, and Theatre) using sexual liasons as a way to sell ideas (not to mention popular music in all forms).

      Trying to keep children from engaging in sex in this age of digital information and sexual advertisement from corporate sources in all media forms is like spitting into the wind…….

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Mormons are Christians? Really?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Jay,” YOU ARE “SPLITTING HAIRS,” SIR. I UNDERSTOOD “Joe hammond’s” POINT. Mormons DO BELIEVE IN, Jesus Christ.

      • JimH

        Hi Joe, Just a side note. Did you ever notice the religions that allow a man more than one wife, don’t allow you to drink? Now could you think of some who would be more in need of one?
        More than one mother-in-law, pass the bottle.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Chris, don’t involve yourself in matters you know nothing about, namely, Christianity. Considering you’re an atheist, it would then be safe to assume that your ability to discern who is or isn’t a Christian may be somewhat anemic. For if you were a Christian, you would not accuse me of splitting hairs. Stick to what you know, and avoid yourself much embarrassment.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Jay,”

        NOW, I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU RIDICULED ME WITH “Chester.” DO NOT ASSUME BECAUSE I AM ATHEIST, YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY THAN I.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Jay,”

        I AM NOT A CHILD. DO NOT TELL ME WHICH THREADS TO COMMENT ON; I GUARANTEE – YOU DO NOT KNOW MY MIND.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        SO, “Jay,” I GUESS NOW YOU BELIEVE I AM NEGRO SINCE YOU ATTACKED ME THE WAY YOU ATTACK OTHER NEGROES ON THIS SITE.

        BY THE WAY, I DO NOT EMBARASS EASILY.

  • Brad

    Why is it always the schools that need to teach these kids what parents should. These lazy parents expect the schools to do what they can’t or won’t do themselves. They are your kids take some responsibility and teach them what the schools don’t.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    From condoms for young children to sex education for kindergarteners. The intent of such actions is to provide children a means to engage in sexual relations with fewer possible side effects. But there are more consequences to sex than just pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

    When a child engages in sex, they have no ability to really understand the depth of the gravity of the situation that they’re dealing with, or what it means to lose one’s innocence or how vulnerable having sex can make you; and there seems to be a complete disregard for the emotional and social consequences of sex, especially on girls. One of those consequences,is boyfriend abuse.

    That’s one of the first things that a boyfriend who’s likely going to abuse his girlfriend will do. He will get the girl to become sexually active even if she doesn’t want to, even if she protests, and he will create that huge intimacy so that she feels she has no choice but to do anything that he says. How will a condom protect any girl from that?

    School officials believe they have the right and authority to trump the rights and interests of parents in raising their own child. For example; children alone decide when they become sexually active, and we can’t control that, but we can ensure that when they’re making those decisions, there are caring adults and support present.

    To that argument; Instead of handing our children over to the foolishness of youth with a state-funded piece of rubber as their only guardian, maybe we could take back the authority from the school boards who were never given such power in the first place!

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    In public education, the corporate surge has grown both qualitatively and quantitatively. Where two years ago the corporate education change agents were mainly operating in a relatively small number of large urban areas, they have now surfaced everywhere.

    The corporatization of public education is the leading edge of privatization. This has the effect of silencing the public voice on every aspect of the situation.

    Across the US, public schools are not yet privatized, though private services are increasingly benefiting from this market.

    However, increasing corporate control of programs – a different mix in every locale – is having a chilling influence on the very things that people (though not corporations) want from teachers: the ability to relate to and teach each child, a nurturing approach that nudges every child to move ahead, human assessments that put people before performance on standardized tests.

    Perhaps the single most dramatic development of the corporate approach was the launching of the $60 million Strong American Schools – Ed in ’08 initiative, funded by billionaires Bill Gates and Eli Broad. This is a naked effort to purchase the nation’s education policy, no matter who is elected President, by buying their way into every electoral forum.

    Ed in ’08 has a three-point program: merit pay (basing teachers’ compensation on students’ scores on high stakes test); national education standards (enforcing conformity and rote learning); and longer school day and school year (still more time for rote learning, less time for kids to be kids. . . )

    Where two years ago charter schools were still viewed as experiments affecting a relatively small number of students, in 2007 the corporate privatizers – led by Broad and Gates – grossly expanded their funding to the point where they now loom as a major presence.

    In March, the Gates Foundation announced a $100 million donation to KIPP charter schools, which would enable them to expand their Houston operation to 42 schools (from eight) – effectively, KIPP will be a full-fledged alternative school system in Houston.

    Also in the past year, Eli Broad and Gates have given in the neighborhood of $50 million to KIPP and Green Dot charter schools in Los Angeles, with the aim of doubling the percentage of LA students enrolled in charter schools.

    Oakland, another Broad/Gates targets, now has more than 30 charter schools out of 92. And, as we shall see below, the same trend holds across the country.

    NCLB in 2008 is still a major issue. It continues to have a corrosive effect on public schools. It is designed an unfunded mandate, which means that schools must meet ever rigid standards every year, though no more money is appropriated to support this effort. This means that schools must take ever-more money out of the class room to meet federal requirements when schools with low test scores are in “Program Improvement”. Once schools are in PI for 5 years they can be forced into privatization.

    NCLB is a driving force that decimates the “publicness” in public schools. In California, more than 2000 schools are now in “Program-Improvement”. This means that they have to meet certain specific, and mostly impossible standards, or they must divert increasingly greater amounts of money out of the classroom and into private programs.

    For example, schools in 3rd year PI must take money out of programs that helped schools with a high proportion of low achieving schools and make it available to private tutors. . .

    Privatizing public schools inevitably leads to a massive increase in social inequality. Private corporations have never been required to recognize civil rights, because, by definition, these are public rights. If the corporate privatizers succeed in taking over our schools, there will be neither quality education nor civil rights.

    The system of public education in the United States is deeply flawed. While suburban schools are among the best in the world, public education in cities has been deliberately underfunded and is in shambles.

    The solution is not to fight backwards to maintain the old system. Rather it is to fight forward to a new system that will truly guarantee quality education as a civil right for everyone.

    Central to this is to challenge the idea that everything in human society should be run by corporations, that only corporations and their political hacks have the right or the power to discuss what public policy should be. . .

    The real direction is to increase the role and power of the public in every way, not
    eliminate it. . .

    Link to article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8288

  • Lpoking up 4help

    Eddie47… Parents are the ones who I believe have the responsibility for teaching their offspring about sex. What an opportunity to interact and closer with our kids. When I was younger and learning about sex the classroom experience was always a summer behind what we found out or knew about. As a medical worker, I believe abstinence is a good, safe and effective way to prevent numerous consequences.

  • TerriG

    The mothers are correct. The schools should be teaching all of it. Pretending that it’s not there doesn’t mean that it isn’t. It just means that the children are more likely to not understand the feelings, and changes that there bodies are going through. Which means that they are less likely to know how to deal with them, and are more apt to get in trouble because of it.

    I’ve seen people argue the that a complete secx education course will lead more teenagers to having sex. That’s rubbish! Teenaagers have been having sex for thousands of years with out sex education classes.

  • runstowin

    Rubbish, my goodness, teaching children how to have sex, and breaking down their natural modesty, and making no moral judgements about engaging in fornication, does not encourage children to have sexual intercourse, and oral sex?

  • gemmom

    I feel the school was in the right, and others should follow this example of how children are taught in our schools. Elementary schools do not need sex education, but they do need to talk about protecting themselves from bad people. The school mentioned above probably taught the human anatomy and science of the body (which includes sexually transmitted diseases – to high school students only), which is as far as it should be expected to go. No school on earth should be forced into teaching students about what forms of sexual behavior there might exist, or the personal details of birth control measures or whether two people can be same sex or not. Those things are totally not necessary, and are personal, and should be up to the individual to decide. As for age, no child should be physically or emotionally drawn into sex before reaching the age of adulthood – 18 years old! The parents should be responsible for teaching their children the things they need to know to protect themselves and their bodies. It’s always been that way and should continue to be. Too many parents these days want off the hook for the way their children behave or how their children turn out, but they need to start taking the responsibility seriously themselves, and figure out that it’s nobody’s fault but their own if their darlings end up pregnant before the age of seventeen, or get aids by the time they’re twenty-two. If parents are going to bring children into this world, then they damn well better be prepared to be the providers, the protectors, and the teachers to their own children – don’t place the responsibility on someone else.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    “gemmom,”

    YOU SAY, “Elementary schools do not need sex education, but they do need to talk about protecting themselves from bad people.”

    MA’AM, THOSE ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. PARENTS DO NOT WANT SCHOOLS TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX BECAUSE THEY CONSIDER THAT TO BE THEIR JOB – DIFFERENT PARENTS FEEL DIFFERENTLY ABOUT SEX. LIKEWISE, PARENTS DO NOT WANT SCHOOLS TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT BAD PEOPLE BECAUSE THE ISSUES OF RACE AND SOCIAL CLASS ARE INVOLVED. IF THE TEACHER IS CAUCASIAN AND MIDDLE-/UPPER CLASS, WHO DO YOU THINK HE/SHE WILL CONSIDER TO BE BAD? – PEOPLE OF COLOR AND POOR PEOPLE. DIFFERENT PARENTS FEEL DIFFERENTLY ABOUT BAD PEOPLE.

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