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Comprehensive Sexuality Education FAQ

  1. Why is there so much talk about sex education today? There is a dangerous well funded movement taking over North America which is nothing short of an all-out assault on marriage, family and values. One of the ways it’s happening through the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education. It is quickly being adopted by many school districts across our nation.
  2. What is Comprehensive Sex Education? Created by an organization called SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States), CSE teaches a radical approach to human sexuality. CSE undermines traditional morality and aggressively promotes an ideology of sexual license instead of sexual health.  Its “values” are being imposed on children nationwide.  It does not lead this generation of youth on a path to enjoy the benefits of lifelong sexual integrity. For more info, See powerpoint document.
  3. How is it different from Abstinence Based Programs? Abstinence based programs, now commonly called Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), focus on providing students with all of the risks of sexual activity that affect the entire person physically, emotionally, and psychologically. They promote “risk avoidance” rather than “risk reduction.” SRA programs empower teens to avoid risk by making good health decisions, regardless of their sexual history, in contrast to Comprehensive Sexuality Education that sets the bar much lower, assuming teens will engage in high risk sexual behavior and focusing merely on reducing the risk of that behavior while leaving out so many risk factors. More information on SRA may be found by visiting the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA).
  4. Is Parkway adopting Comprehensive Sexuality Education philosophy and approaches? Parkway has stated they are introducing topics and standards from CSE. For more information about what Parkway is proposing, see Parkway Sexuality Education Parent Information.
  5. Where can I go to find resources that seek to be more medically accurate?  One example is called Facts About Youth– a web site developed by the American College of Pediatrics, an organization that supports a balanced and medically sound approach to sex education issues.
  6. If Comprehensive Sex Education claims to be medically accurate, how is that in question?  CSE fails to provide students with complete medical information regarding STDs.  It downplays the severity of the epidemic, and does not educate students regarding the increased risk they would face if they choose to participate in sexual activity. It also does not include increased risk factors with certain sexual practices.  It introduces a gender ideology that is based on opinion, not supported by science, and not agreed upon in the medical community.
  7. If there is now more acceptance of LGBTQ lifestyles in our country, why is there a concern about teaching these topics in the classroom?  Students and parents need to know that there are LGBTQ students in the district, many of whom face troubling social adversity. Acts of discrimination and bullying against them is unacceptable. Every student has the right to attend school in a safe environment where they are accepted both by faculty and their peers.  Education about individuals who identify as LGBTQ may lessen this adversity, however what is concerning is that the lesson plans regarding these topics promote an ideology rather than fact. These types of lessons could also push or encourage students who are questioning their feelings into adopting an identity and lifestyle before they reach maturity, placing them at greater health risks.

What Questions Are Other Families Asking Parkway?

  • Why did Parkway want to change the curriculum substantially if only 9% of parents were dissatisfied (according to the January 2014 parent survey)?
  • Why has the school board’s vote to accept or reject this curriculum been delayed twice?
  • Why is Parkway adopting elements of Comprehensive Sexuality Education into our curriculum when the majority of parents didn’t want it (according to the January 2014 parent survey)?
  • Why did we use activist organizations for curriculum content – like SIECUS, Advocates for Youth, and GLSEN? Aren’t they biased to their agendas rather than truly being concerned about the health of our students?
  • Why are 7th graders being introduced to anal sex? Won’t many parents in our community be offended by this?
  • I see that Parkway is “recommending resources for sexual health” for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10, (including “reputable” websites). I’ve seen sexetc.org, teensource.org, safeteens.org on sample lesson plans. I’ve visited those sexually explicit sites. Are you sending our children to those websites for sexual health information?
  • How will these teaching affect the large amount of students in our community with autism, special needs, at risk, and others with disabilities?
  • If there are concerns from many parents about this proposed curriculum, why have I heard that certain teachers are already teaching it when the vote is yet to happen on March 9th?
  • Why are sophomores in health class thoroughly learning such detailed instruction about “how to use” all different forms of contraception, as well as emergency contraception, which induces abortion (aka “abortifacient”)?

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