- More than 1,000 parents in Leftist Palo Alto, California, say a curriculum with homosexuality, sex toys, and teenage hookups is too explicit. The school board says too bad.
(Daily Beast) - Even parents in one of the richest, most progressive cities in the nation worry about what their kids are learning about sex.
More than 1,600 parents in Palo Alto, California, have signed a petition to stop their school district’s sex education program until it’s changed. These Silicon Valley parents say they are concerned by descriptions provided to middle school students that describe explicit sexual experiences including masturbation, premarital sex, and the use of sex toys.
The parents’ petition argues the curriculum is seductive rather than educational, and “leads 7th graders to follow the examples of a wrong age group and encourages 12 years olds to try sex for ‘wonderful orgasm.’”
The Palo Alto Unified School District curriculum provided to middle school students includes a range of fictional situations with characters older than the 12-year-old students being taught. Examples range from positive (“I’d had orgasms through masturbation before, but sharing yourself with someone you love and respect was really different and it felt wonderful”) to negative (“I started to cry”).
Some parents were opposed to the use of premarital and homosexual scenarios. One scenario highlighted in the petition describes a sexual relationship between two young women, with one line that reads, “Let’s just say that kisses from guys left me feeling bored, like there was something missing.” Another scenario between two young men, which includes a description of one male’s first sexual experience, reads, “We started kissing, and before I knew it, he was putting on the condom and then we were suddenly having sex.”
Parent Meera Lakhani, one of the petition’s signers, wrote she was appalled by the information given to her children.
“I wouldn’t consider myself a conservative, and I was shocked at the content of the ‘education’. My kids came home confused and scared,” Lakhani wrote. “I cannot believe they disseminated such graphic visuals and information without some parental consent. In a time where teenagers already have much confusion and angst, this education was more harmful than helpful!”
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