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Our Concerns. Check the Facts

Content Problems

1. Parkway has been an Abstinence-Based curriculum for a long time. Even though they continue to call the curriculum “Abstinence-Based”, they are now proposing to introduce topics (standards) from Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

  • Parkway Health/PE Advisory Committee Parent Meeting (Sept 29, 2015) Powerpoint Presentation (Click here for Powerpoint Presentation).

2. Introduces high risk sexual behaviors at inappropriate age levels

3. Burdens kids with responsibilities and decisions beyond developmental capacity

  • Questioning gender and sexual orientation brings about emotional distress. “Persistent uncertainty about core identity leads to inner turmoil.” (“You’re Teaching My Child What?”, Miriam Grossman, MD, p. 133.)
  • Consent is defined as “a voluntary agreement or permission to cross a boundary.” and “Consent is an option that you have a right to give.” (Source: 8th Grade Lesson Plan Romantic Relationships & Sexual Feelings (Draft Feb 4 2016))
  • Sophomore students will be asked to “Defend their right to be abstinent or defend their right to be sexually active.” (High School/10th grade Learning Outcome) Teenagers are not developmentally ready to defend their right to be sexually active. Scientific studies show that the teen brain is not fully developed and, as a result, they have an impulsive nature.  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-teen-brain-still-under-construction/index.shtml
  • Sophomore students are given a condom demonstration from STATS (Source: High School Lesson Plan Sexual Health (Draft Feb 4 2016))
  • Sophomore students are shown to call (1-800-Not2Late) for emergency contraception in video “Sex Smart for Teens: Birth Control.”

4. Fails to truthfully connect sexual behaviors with disease and other consequences

  • Sex is more than a biological and scientific act. It deeply affects the emotional, relational, and spiritual life of a person. No condom can protect the heart.  Faith traditions and general human experience affirms these truths which are not brought to the forefront in discussions about sex in Parkway’s proposed sex ed curriculum.
  • Parkway states in the HIV/AIDS lesson, that “Just as many heterosexuals are being infected as homosexuals.” (7th Grade Lesson Plan Sexual Health Risks HIV-AIDS (Draft Feb 4 2016).
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men are disproportionately impacted by syphilis, HIV, and AIDS.” and “Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.” www.cdc.gov/std/life-stages-populations/msm.htm

5. Curriculum interferes with parent/child relationship.

  • Students are directed to ask their doctor about their confidentiality rules when making an appointment. Parkway suggests the student ask questions like:

6. Confuses children about matters of identity at an impressionable age.

  • Curriculum advises students that gender identity is based on a sense and suggests there are more than two genders, which misleads students to believe gender is the result of feelings rather than biology and misinforms them that gender lies on a continuum.
  • Curriculum suggests Sexual Orientation is unchangeable, innate.
  • Curriculum implies that sexual exploration is normal.
    • “Being interested in someone of the same sex does not necessarily mean that a person is gay- just as being interested in someone of the opposite sex doesn’t mean a person is straight.  It’s common for teens to be attracted to or have sexual thoughts about people of the same sex and the opposite sex.  Some might go beyond just thinking about it and experiment with sexual experiences with people of their own sex or of the opposite sex.”  (Source: Text from website students are referred to in the 8th Grade Lesson Plan Romantic Relationships & Sexual Feelings (Draft Feb 4 2016). Student website resource: KidsHealth.org.

7. Fails to say that drugs like “emergency contraception” have abortive qualities

  • “A final hormonal method to be used in emergency situations only is the emergency contraceptive method…..One method consists of taking an emergency contraceptive pill within five days of unprotected sex.” (Glencoe sophomore health book link)
  • Emergency Contraception is not a contraceptive. It does not block a sperm from uniting with an egg (as a condom might.  Emergency Contraception works by three mechanisms: (1) stopping the release of an egg from the ovary, and/or (2) preventing the fertilization of an egg, and/or (3) preventing an embryo from attaching to the womb/uterus/endometrium, thus being aborted from the body.”  https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/022474s000lbl.pdf
  • The American College of Pediatricians “opposes any methods of emergency contraception whose mode of action include causing the death of a human embryo, whether pre-or post- implantation.” http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/health-issues/emergency-contraception-not-the-best-for-adolescents
  • The FDA affirms the following about Ella, a leading brand of “emergency contraception”, as printed in the drug information sheet from the distributor, Watson Pharma., Inc.. “The risks to a fetus when Ella is administered to a pregnant woman are unknown” (Section 4, Contraindications). “Ella does not protect against HIV (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)” (Section 5.6) “…Alterations to the endometrium (lining of the uterus) may affect implantation (of a fetus) may also contribute to efficacy.” https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/022474s000lbl.pdf

8. Fails to differentiate or customize content for at-risk, autistic, special-needs, or other students who have an educational diagnosis of a disability that impacts their learning, thus increasing their vulnerability for depression, confusion, anxiety, and other mental illness

9. Fails to teach the dangers of online pornography

Source Problems

1.Parkway is using organizations for material and lesson plans that advocate for specific social agendas. Many of these groups promote permissiveness and normalize all sexual lifestyles/behaviors. (SIECUS, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network – GLSEN,  Advocates for Youth).

2. Parkway is using organizations for curriculum content that attack and label family based organizations.

  • SIECUS labels the following family based organizations as “the opposition” – Focus on the Family, American Family Association, The Heritage Family, Concerned Women for America, and The Family Research Council. http://www.communityactionkit.org/index.cfm?pageid=919

3. National Sex Education Standards (NSES) were used to evaluate and guide the sex education curriculum. There are NO “national sex education standards” with federal educational authority. Therefore, national standards are in name only. These standards not required for Parkway or any other public school in Missouri. Advisors to the standards include Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, Advocates for Youth and GLSEN.

Process & Accountability

1. Parkway had minimal community outcry/demand for curriculum revisions.

2. Parkway invited sources into classroom to teach unapproved curriculum.

  • In the Spring 2015, Safe Connections conducted a presentation at Parkway North, prior to approval of proposed sex ed curriculum. According to Missouri Statute 170.015 “A school district or charter school shall make all curriculum materials used in the district’s or school’s human sexuality instruction available for public inspection pursuant to chapter 610 prior use of such materials in actual instruction.”
  • On September 9, 2015 Parkway Board meeting video at 2:17:00: “We’ve been teaching this for years and we need to rewrite the curriculum to reflect it.” High school health/PE teacher.

 

 

What Can I Do?

1. Get Informed.

See Parkway’s proposed sex education curriculum here. See our concerns here. Watch 10 Things Parents Needs To Know about Sex Ed. Visit our Get Informed tab.

2. Contact Parkway’s School Board & Superintendent.

View School Board Contact Information and templates for email, phone or letter. Make contact immediately! The Board votes on March 9, 2016.

3. Speak at the February 17th Parkway School Board Meeting.

To be held at Parkway Central Middle School beginning at 7:00 pm. Speaker sign-up between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm at the entry table. Prepare/practice your comments in advance. The Board will likely limit comments to ninety (90) seconds. Here are customizable samples of good comments.

4. Speak at the March 9th Parkway School Board Meeting. The board will vote on the curriculum at this meeting!

To be held at Parkway Central Middle School beginning at 7:00 pm. Speaker sign-up between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm at the entry table. Prepare/practice your comments in advance. The Board will likely limit comments to ninety (90) seconds. Here are customizable samples of good comments.

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