September 07, 2018
There's been something of an awakening happening in California recently. While the state's faith community led the charge in shutting down the latest attempt to curb the free speech and religious rights of certain counselors and ministries, concerned parents are standing against the implementation of sex education curricula in the state that introduces children, as young as 11, to sexually explicit content. The California legislature passed AB 329 in 2015, changing state law related to sexual health education to include LGBT issues, and sexual practices as part of statewide curriculum for K-12 graders in the state. The bill included a provision allowing parents to pull their child/children from their school's sexual education class. Parents are taking advantage of this provision now and asking their school boards to implement policies that help them do just that.
Yesterday, about 700 parents showed up at the Chino Valley Board of Education meeting to demand the school district allow parents to opt out of K-12 sex education curricula. Concerned parents from varied ethnicities and backgrounds held signs reading "Let Parents Decide" and "Support Parents' RIGHT TO DECIDE". Pastor Jack Hibbs with Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and about 40 other concerned citizens spoke in favor of a proposal to require the school district to notify parents when "comprehensive sexual education", HIV prevention education, family life education, and even instances which may imperil their child's physical/bodily privacy on school premises.
The proposal complies with state law by granting parents the right to exclude their children from classes that teach them inappropriate sexual activity and impose an LGBT agenda on children. Parents are right to be concerned about sexual "health" curriculum in their schools that encourage children to explore certain graphic sexual acts with one another as young as 7th grade. The proposed policy would give parents ample time to shield their child from "comprehensive sexual education". Let's hope the Board of Education listens to the hundreds of parents who showed up and enact this sensible policy.
Parents across the country need to be cognizant of how sexual and gender ideologues are co-opting school boards and sexual health curricula to change sexual and gender norms of future generations. Changes in sexual health curriculums should steer children away from risky sexual behavior, by encouraging them to abstain from sexual activity all together until they're married, not encourage them to explore sexual acts and identities. Sexual education programs, like California's, will only serve to perpetuate sexually-transmitted infections (which, according to the CDC, are already at record highs) and a "hook-up" culture that tells young men and women their self-worth comes from the number of sexual partners they have.
What's at stake is the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, not the state. When it comes to sensitive, controversial, or even inappropriate subject matter, parents -- not bureaucrats, teachers, or any other government official -- should have the final say in what their children will be exposed to. It's bad enough the state of California wants to implement objectionable sex education programs for young children, worse yet would be a failure of local school boards to allow parents to protect their children from harmful sex education programs.
Next month the Chino Valley Board of Education will have an opportunity to approve this common-sense measure. Let's pray they do the right thing by the parents of their school district and equip them with the ability to exclude their children from harmful "comprehensive sexual education."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.