Let me ask you—As a parent, are you comfortable with the idea of your pre-teen children being taught about topics like masturbation without your knowledge or approval? Do you think that this is appropriate for younger students, like those who are in kindergarten? What if I told you this is already happening here in Oregon and in our local school district?
Parents throughout Beaverton keep telling me about what they would like to see our schools do differently. Throughout those conversations, many of the same topics keep coming up over and over again. One of them is Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).
Although it’s long been controversial, the ways in which sexual education is taught in our public schools has changed considerably in the past few decades.
When sex ed was first introduced, it was taught as part of health and wellness classes. It was science-based, with an emphasis on biology. And most importantly, it was taught to students who were already going through puberty, or about to start. Parents who did not feel comfortable with their children being taught these subjects outside of their family setting, were able to have them excused from those classes.
Now, all these years later, CSE has changed to the point of being unrecognizable from what it was originally intended to be. All indications are that it’s being done more for the sake of social engineering and influencing and indoctrinating our children to believe what adults with agendas want them to. That’s just wrong.
There’s a big difference between providing information to middle schoolers about the changes their bodies are going through and trying to provide sexually explicit materials to kindergarteners and other young elementary school students.
Another point of concern for myself and the other parents I talk to is that much of the same explicit content is being integrated into other classes and subjects. This means that even if parents withhold consent for their children to be taught CSE, they will be exposed to it through other means. Parents have every reason to be unhappy about this apparent end-run around their desires for how their children should, and shouldn’t, be taught in our taxpayer-funded schools.
I have some firsthand experience when it comes to how CSE is taught in schools. This is due to the more than two decades that I’ve spent in the classroom as a teacher for students of all K-12 age groups.
One of the books that I was supposed to share with students depicted a rape and had other highly sexualized content of questionable appropriateness. I was sufficiently concerned to bring it up to the district’s English department. The offensive content was pulled from our curriculum.
However, if I hadn’t brought it up, those students would have been exposed to it, with their parents never being any the wiser. What makes it even worse is that two of the teachers on my team failed to see what my objections were. They would have taught it, no questions asked.
The Beaverton School District adopted CSE curriculum a few years back, although it was called something else at the time. Based on what I’m hearing from parents throughout the school district, they have had very little input as to how it’s taught, and they want that to change.
These are some of the biggest reasons I’m running for Beaverton School District Board of Directors, Zone 1. Controversial issues like critical race theory and CSE are being forced upon our children, with parents and their input being ignored in the process.
Our schools should be teaching basic, fundamental skills like reading, writing and math, not promoting potential pornography to innocent young children.
As your next school board member, I intend to be an avid voice for parents, to make sure those kinds of concerns are actually acted upon instead of being brushed aside or swept under the rug.