For information about Comprehensive Sexuality Education, its history and agenda, go to CSEFacts.org.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a school-based education program for K-12 students developed by Sexuality and Information Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). CSE is a well funded movement to teach a more radical approach to human sexuality in school districts across our nation.
In recent years, the debate surrounding sex education has focused on “comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).” This debate is troubling because the term “comprehensive” is a misnomer—“comprehensive” programs do not give a complete picture of human sexuality. In school districts where all guidelines of CSE are fully implemented, students are exposed to the most explicit and expansive forms of pleasure-based sex education. CSE is a teaching that emphasizes:
- right to sexual gratification, exploration and experimentation
- masturbation, anal sex and oral sex
- advocates contraceptive use and access to abortion
- seeks to empower children and teenagers to explore sexuality and gender identity.
CSE does not emphasize a holistic understanding of the human person in relation to sexuality; it is not age-appropriate or culturally sensitive.
CSE does not truly advocate for developing life-long partnerships like marriage. This will have a detrimental long-term impact on families in the future since this generation of youth will no longer value marriage and family building like generations in the past have done.
CSE undermines traditional morality and aggressively promotes an ideology of sexual license. Its “values” are being imposed on children nationwide. It does not lead our youth on a path to enjoy the benefits of lifelong sexual integrity.
What does Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) fail to teach?
- CSE fails to teach about the dangers of pornography.
- CSE fails to teach about the dangers of online predators.
- CSE fails to teach about the benefits of marriage.
- CSE fails to teach about the direct correlation between casual sex and anxiety and depression, especially for women.
- CSE fails to point out the link between common but “minor and treatable” STDs like HPV and Chlamydia, and cancer and infertility later in life.
- CSE fails to explain the physical processes that put homosexual men at astronomically higher risk for HIV than heterosexuals.
- CSE fails to teach that sex is always significant and involves powerful physical, hormonal, and neurological reactions beyond our control.
- CSE teaches that gender and sexual orientation are fluid. It teaches that gender is something one can choose, that it is not limited to the two genders of male and female (rather it can fall anywhere within a “spectrum” of expressions), and that this expression may not align with one’s biological sex. CSE defines Gender Identity as “an internal sense or feeling of being male, female, or a combination of these.” This concept is not supported by science. While there are individuals who identify with a gender different than their biological sex, and they of course deserve respect, this does not mean that every student should change their worldview regarding gender and think of it as something that exists separately from biological sex. This ideology will not only affect sex ed classes, but will influence how the administration addresses public use facilities like restrooms and locker rooms.
Why CSE is a Concern?
Assault on Values, Faith & Common Sense
- Age inappropriateness and explicit sexual ideology
- Absence of moral guidance and removes sex from its healthiest expressions or context
- Disrespect to multi-cultural sexual health beliefs
- Fails to inform students about the health benefits of monogamy.
Biased Resources & Organizations
- The failures of the program stem largely from an ideological bias of the originating organizations. Districts should avoid using activist organizations like Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Advocates for Youth, Safe Connections and SexEtc.org for data, resources, lesson plans and curricula.
- Is a top-down, federal level program and not an organic, community-developed curriculum.
- Guidelines/policies should be developed by Districts to determine what is “medically accurate” and “age appropriate” or “reputable” in terms of resources.
Additional Resources That Have Expressed Concern with CSE:
For more information, fact sheets and guidelines on CSE, please visit the following resources.
- Comprehensive Sexuality Education Facts http://CSEfacts.org
- Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Sexual Rights vs. Sexual Health (Family Watch International) http://www.familywatchinternational.org/fwi/documents/Special_Report_CSE_Revised_1_12.pdf
- Examples of Educational Materials Provided by Advocacy Groups http://media.focusonthefamily.com/true-tolerance/pdf/concerningclassroommaterials.pdf
- Correcting Misinformation in the Sex Ed Debate http://www.abstinenceassociation.org/faqs
- Heritage Lectures. You’re Teaching My Child What? The Truth About Sex Education Heritage Lecture Miriam Grossman You’re teaching my child what (Aug 9 2010)
- What kids should actually learn in sex ed http://thefederalist.com/2016/01/04/what-kids-should-actually-learn-in-sex-ed/
- HHS Report: “Comprehensive” Sex Education Ineffective and Offensive (National Abstinence Education Association http://www.abstinenceassociation.org/newsroom/pr_061307_hhs_report_comprehensive.html
CSE Guidelines & Standards
- Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (3rd Edition-2004) (SIECUS) http://sexedu.org.tw/guideline.pdf
- Future of Sex Education Initiative. (2012). National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 [a special publication of the Journal of School Health]. Retrieved from http://www.futureofsexeducation.org/documents/josh-fose-standards-web.pdf