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Ontario backs off sex-ed changes
Controversial curriculum came ‘out of nowhere’ for parents
LONDON, Ont. – Complaints over a sex-ed curriculum for Ontario elementary schools with lessons about same-sex marriage, masturbation and oral sex at various grade levels saw the province beat a hasty retreat yesterday, vowing to consult parents and rework the program.
The curriculum, which was to be implemented in the fall, was quietly posted on a government website months ago but blew up publicly Tuesday when Premier Dalton McGuinty confirmed the details.
While McGuinty stood behind the program initially he conceded yesterday that the government went too far and didn’t consult widely enough.
“We spent a good 24 to 48 hours now listening to parents, our caucus, and parents through our caucus, who have responded, and it’s become pretty obvious we should give this a serious rethink,” McGuinty said after an unrelated event in this southwestern Ontario city.
“I know that parents are in fact supportive of the idea that children should be taught about their body parts, their relationships and those kinds of things, but they are obviously not comfortable with the proposal that we put forward, so we’re going to improve upon that.”
The government, McGuinty added, will “create more opportunities for parents to lend shape to a policy with which they are more comfortable.”
Under the changes released without fanfare in January, Grade 1 kids were to be taught to identify genitalia — among other body parts — using the correct word, such as penis, vagina and testicle.
Grade 3 students would learn about same-sex families while Grade 5 kids were to be taught to identify parts of the reproductive system and describe how the body changes during puberty.
In Grade 7, the plan was to teach kids how to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Conservative groups charged that teaching sixth graders about masturbation and vaginal lubrication and 12-year-olds about oral and anal sex bordered on criminal.
Now that the curriculum has been pulled for retooling, the existing sex-ed program, which hasn’t been update for some 12 years, will remain in place.
On Wednesday, McGuinty was adamant that Catholic schools — which are publicly funded — would have to abide by the new curriculum and the government said the province’s bishops were onside.
“There are certain proposed topics in that curriculum which concern many parents as well as Ontario’s Catholic bishops,” said Lou Piovesan of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.
“If some content related to faith and morality matters is indeed determined to be at variance with (our) principles, it would not be endorsed for use in Catholic schools.”
McGuinty, who is Catholic, denied he was bowing to pressure from religious groups.
“When we develop policies of any kind, but especially when it comes to sex education in our schools, something that touches our children directly, we (must) listen very carefully to what parents have to say and we take their concerns into account,” he said.
However, the New Democrats said it’s clear McGuinty caved to pressure from the Catholic church and other religious groups.
“I’m worried about the fact that yesterday the premier said we’re forging ahead because we think we did the right thing and a day later he’s saying we made a mistake, we should have consulted better,” said NDP education critic Rosario Marchese.
“That clearly says to me this government doesn’t know what they’re doing, and based on this problem I think the premier should consider going to confession.”
The Progressive Conservatives said the Liberals were making up policy on the fly.
“The only time they come around and do these rapid about-faces is when they get caught out flat out and that’s what happened today,” said Opposition critic Christine Elliott.
McGuinty’s staff say the premier quickly changed his mind because of the concerns raised by parents directly to the government.
The premier admitted the government had not done a good job of consulting parents on the new curriculum or even warning them that changes were in the works.
“I think for most parents it came out of nowhere,” he said.
“I just think that the net that we cast in terms of consulting was too narrow, and we have to get into more communities to get something that is truly reflective of our diversity in Ontario.”
Sex Education Could Mean Charges for Teachers
“A Wisconsin prosecutor is warning sex education teachers they could face charges if they follow a new state law that allows them to instruct students about proper contraceptive use…”
“The new law, which took effect March 11, lays out requirements for those that do, including teaching the benefits of abstinence, criminal penalties for having underage sex and the benefits and proper use of contraceptives…”
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Wisconsin D.A. Warns Schools: Sex Ed Liable to Promote Delinquency of Minors
Wisconsin D.A. Warns Schools: Sex Ed Liable to Promote Delinquency of Minors
JUNEAU COUNTY, Wisconsin, April 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Teachers implementing a new law that requires explicit, pro-contraceptive sex education in public schools may risk criminal prosecution for promoting the delinquency of minors, a local district attorney warned Juneau County schools last month.
In a letter to school districts March 24, Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth urged school administrators to withdraw from the human growth and development courses altogether, rather than submit to the new mandate requiring children to be taught how properly to use condoms and other contraceptives.
“To adopt the highly-controversial mandates of Act 134 risks the safety of our children and the careers of our teachers – something I implore you not to do,” he said.
Southworth characterized the new law as “requiring that you transform your current human growth and development curricula into programming that promotes the sexualization – and sexual assault – of our children.”
Both of the representatives of Juneau County, State Senator Dale Schultz and State Representative Ed Brooks, had voted against the new mandates.
The D.A. warned that the new law promotes the sexual assault of children, exposes teachers to possible criminal liability, undermines parental authority, and requires school districts to condone controversial sexual behavior.
“It is a crime to engage in sexual intercourse with any child under the age of 18,” pointed out the DA. “Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender. It is akin to teaching children about alcohol use, then instructing them on how to make mixed alcoholic drinks. While it is true that some children will wrongly choose to engage in sexual behavior before entering adulthood, our school districts should never promote illegal activity.”
A major study released in February showed a higher rate of sexual intercourse among teens who had undergone pro-contraceptive sex education, compared to teens attending an abstinence-only course or no sex education at all.
The DA also said out that under the criminal code, “Anyone who intentionally encourages or contributes to the delinquent (criminal) act of a child can be charged under this statue. For example, if a teacher instructs any student aged 16 or younger how to utilize contraceptives under circumstances where the teacher knows the child is engaging in sexual activity with another child … that teacher can be charged under this statue.”
Southworth also blasted the law for giving the contraceptive industry a new inroad among children. Whereas sex education had previously been the domain of schoolteachers, Southworth notes that the new law allows “volunteer health care providers” to teach the material.
“Now, schools can utilize these ‘health care providers,’ who may come in the form of contraceptive industry representatives (e.g. employees of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion and contraceptive provider, which lobbied in favor of this new law) and who can effectively market sexually-oriented products to our children,” he wrote.
“Our children receive enough sales pitches from television, magazines and radios – they should not be subjected to pandering by ‘volunteers’ from local contraception businesses whose real interest is likely obtaining new, young customers.”
“I am forced to deal with the numerous sexual assaults that occur in Juneau County each year. I witness first-hand the pain and suffering child victims must endure,” wrote the D.A. “However, these new mandates will make my job much more difficult by converting objective human growth and development programming into a radical program that sexualizes our children as early as kindergarten.
“This, in turn, will lead to more child sexual assaults.”
The letter was blasted by one of the authors of the new law, who accused the attorney of attempting to intimidate teachers. “Using condoms isn’t a crime for anyone,” Democrat Rep. Kelda Helen Roys told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “His purpose is to intimidate and create enough panic in the minds of school administrators that they’ll turn their backs on young people and their families.”
Southworth, however, insisted that he had an obligation to publish his interpretation of the law, and that he was not doing so to incite fear.
“If I’d wanted to be ideological, I would have said in the letter you shouldn’t have sex before marriage because that’s the Christian perspective. I’m an evangelical,” Southworth told the paper.
Tom Andres, superintendent of the New Lisbon School District, told the Sentinel that district officials are taking Southworth’s letter into consideration as they map out how to handle the new law.
Matt Sande of Pro-Life Wisconsin commended Southworth for informing school administrators how he would interpret the law, which Sande says he considers a reasonable reading.
“It’s such a conflicting message to the kids: here theyr’e saying this is a crime, but we’re going to show you how to do it,” Sande told LifeSiteNews.com Wednesday.
“We commend District Attorney Southworth for his frankness and courage in examining this new law and providing this information to district administrators and teachers, and we encourage every district attorney in this state to do the same,” he said.
The D.A.’s pro-life values have won praise from Pro-Life Wisconsin in the past, who called Southworth “unwavering in his defense of the disabled and strongly supports establishing legal personhood for preborn children.”
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Juneau County DA warns districts on sex ed law
Teaching curriculum could lead to criminal charges against teachers, he writes
Madison — A district attorney is telling Juneau County schools to abandon their sex education courses, saying a new curriculum law could lead to criminal charges against teachers for contributing to the delinquency of minors.
Starting in the fall, the new law requires schools that have sex education programs to tell students how to use condoms and other contraceptives. Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth said such education encourages sex among children, which is illegal, and could lead to charges against teachers.
The new law “promotes the sexualization – and sexual assault – of our children,” Southworth wrote in a March 24 letter to officials in five school districts. He urged the districts to suspend their sex education programs and transfer their curriculum on anatomy to a science course.
“Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender,” he wrote. “It is akin to teaching children about alcohol use, then instructing them on how to make mixed alcoholic drinks.”
Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison), who helped write the new law, said Southworth’s letter was irresponsible and that it was laughable to think teachers could be charged for telling students how to use contraception.
“Using condoms isn’t a crime for anyone,” she said. “This guy is not a credible legal source on this matter, I’m sorry to say. His purpose is to intimidate and create enough panic in the minds of school administrators that they’ll turn their backs on young people and their families.”
She said the Legislature passed the law because comprehensive sex education is the most effective way to change sexual behavior and reduce teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Caught in the middle are schools, said Tom Andres, superintendent of the New Lisbon School District.
“Here we are again – short of money, getting a dictate that we have to do something different from two different sources,” he said.
Andres said district officials are studying Southworth’s letter and will consider it in the coming months as they decide what to do.
“The challenge with it is as soon as you start discussions with this issue, the morality aspect, the spiritual aspect . . . the family aspect has to be weighed,” he said. “We don’t sit here and condone premature sexual behavior, yet it’s a societal reality. So how do we deal with it?”
When the new law was approved, all Republicans in the Assembly and Senate voted against it. Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, signed it in February.
The law requires schools that have sex education courses to teach students medically accurate, age-appropriate information, including how to use birth control and prevent sexually transmitted disease. It also requires the classes to include information about how to recognize signs of abuse and how alcohol can affect decision making.
The classes also must inform students that teenagers who have sex can wind up on the state’s sex offender registry because sex with children 16 or younger is a crime.
Under the law, parents can remove their children from sex education classes as they could before. Schools also would be allowed to not offer sex education, but they would have to notify parents they did not offer such courses.
“What we are asking educators to do is provide information,” said Rep. Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee), who helped write the law. “In no way is that encouraging sex.”
Southworth, a Republican, says in his letter that he could charge teachers with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, depending on the specifics of cases he reviews.
“If a teacher instructs any student aged 16 or younger how to utilize contraceptives under circumstances where the teacher knows the child is engaging in sexual activity with another child – or even where the ‘natural and probable consequences’ of the teacher’s instruction is to cause that child to engage in sexual intercourse with a child – that teacher can be charged under this statute” of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, he wrote.
He said the law went too far because it required teachers not to teach students about the effects of birth control, but on how to properly use them, “which turns objective instruction into implicit encouragement and advocacy.”
Southworth said in an interview that he couldn’t say how likely he would be to file charges if districts taught sex education under the new law because it would depend on the specifics of any case.
“I’m not looking to charge any teachers,” he said. “I’ve got enough work to do.”
He disputed claims by Roys and Grigsby that he was inciting fear in teachers or trying to promote his political views, saying he had an ethical obligation to tell districts his interpretation of the law.
“If I’d wanted to be ideological, I would have said in the letter you shouldn’t have sex before marriage because that’s the Christian perspective. I’m an evangelical,” Southworth said.
Southworth’s letter says the law undermines parental authority and requires schools to condone controversial sexual behavior because they have to teach students about gender stereotypes. That likely would require schools to teach students about homosexuality and transgender and transsexual people, he said.
He said the law prevents teachers from telling students “that sexual promiscuity is even wrong” and would conflict with most students’ and teachers’ religious beliefs.
He said the law also opened the door to having sex eduction taught by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, which provides contraception and abortions and lobbied for the changes.
Chris Taylor, public policy director for Planned Parenthood, said his group goes to schools only when invited.
Officials with the Necedah Area School District received the letter, but the district has not taught sex education for years, said Charlie Krupa, the school superintendent.
Officials with the Mauston School District and Royall School District said they hadn’t decided how they would handle sex education in light of the new law. An administrator with the Wonewoc-Center School District did not return a call.
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“The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours.”
“She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center,” she said. “Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion.”
“Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.”
“‘We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus,’ said Jill. ‘They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility…’”
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“A Michigan school district accused of not doing enough to prevent the harassment of a student has been ordered to pay $800,000…”
“The lawsuit said DP was the victim of bullying, starting in sixth grade in 2002…”
“District lawyer Timothy Mullins told the Detroit Free Press the verdict puts schools in the position of being held liable for student behavior…”
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I want my child’s school to protect her – not send her home with a bag of condoms
“I do object to the condoms, which simply amount to a bagful of encouragement. If we’re talking traffic lights, they are a green light for under-age sex…”
“No one tells these girls that it can be confusing, that you can feel coerced, hurt and used.”
“No one tells them the heretical truth – that in all probability it will be no fun at all….”
The idea behind these types of sex education programs is to get the young girls familiar with condoms, etc. so their natural inhibitions will be broken down. They are taught that young girls are expected to behave in this way. Sexual promiscuity is “normalized.”
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“The flow of medical supplies waiting to be distributed to tens of thousands of earthquake victims in Haiti was delayed for weeks by a massive supply of condoms dominating the space of the main storage facility there… The condoms were estimated to take up about 70% of the space in the 17,000 sq. ft. warehouse…”
“For cultures which value life, and family, the condom push into their cultures is highly offensive. Carol Ugochukwu, President of United Families of Africa in Enugu, Nigeria, commented in a 2000 interview noting that Western delegations at the United Nations were trying to “exterminate the whole race” with their promotion of condoms.”
Ugochukwu expressed exasperation that Canada, the US and Europe wasted most of the time at UN conferences trying to gain approval for homosexuality while the needs of African women such as food, shelter, and clean drinking water were largely ignored. “[B]ig organizations,” she said, “spend so much money, but when they find out you are dealing with all that [dying children and mothers] they are not interested. You have to say you are dealing with reproductive rights before you are given support.”
Ugochukwu concluded, “[Westerners] now come in with condoms – condoms are everywhere! They spend so much money on condoms and they make our children promiscuous. They say it will stop AIDS – but it is getting worse! It makes no sense to me.”