OK, so I just discovered this little secret of Common Core.
And before you say it is not a part of Common Core, because it is “A Special Publication of the Journal of School Health,” please go to page 6 where it says, “The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool(HECAT)3; existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, recently adopted by most states.”
And before you say, “We won’t allow it in our schools. We will go to the school board.” Local control is gone. On page 6, “Specifically, the National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic.” The whole idea behind Common Core is to create universal standards.
I wanted to know who would think they know what information was appropriate and at what age my child should learn this “appropriate” information. Here’s what I found out about a few of those on the Advisory Committee. I’ll let you research the rest.
Nora Gelperin, was the recipient of the national 2010 Mary Lee Tatum Award from the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education!
Deb Hauser has been with Advocates for Youth for almost 20 years, first as Director of the Support Center for School-based Health Care, then as Executive Vice President. In January 2012, Deb became the organization’s fourth President and Executive Director, representing Advocates with the media, funders and colleagues organizations and speaking nationally and internationally about young people’s rights to honest sexual health information, confidential sexual health services and equitable social and economic opportunities.
Robert McGarry, EdD
Director of Training and Curriculum Development
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Cynthia Lam, Sex, Etc. Teen Editorial Staff
Been writing for Sex, Etc since she was 14, she’s now 17.
Then I wanted to know what information these people thought was age-appropriate. Oh my goodness. Do you remember in the movie “Kindergarten Cop”, when the little boy walks up to Arnold Schwarzenegger and says, “Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.”? I don’t know about you, but I was shocked and found it funny at the same time. I remember thinking, ‘boy, his parents have shared a lot of information with him.’ Parents will no longer have the right to decide what is developmentally and age appropriate for their individual child.
On page 12 it says
“By the end of 2nd grade, students should be able to: Use proper names for body parts, including male and female anatomy.”
On page 14 it says:
“By the end of 5th grade, students should be able to: Describe male and female reproductive systems including body parts and their functions. Identify medically-accurate information about female and male reproductive anatomy. Define sexual orientation as the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender.”
On page 9 under “Guiding Values and Principles”
“Instruction by qualified sexuality education teachers is essential for student achievement.”
Wouldn’t that be the parents? Who decides who is “qualified”?
“Students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active (I underlined those two words) learning strategies, and sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice (I underlined that one too) skills relating to sexuality education.”
What does that mean? Something like this?
And I just have to highlight this principle:
Students need multiple opportunities and a variety of assessment strategies to determine their achievement of the sexuality education standards and performance.
I know this is already in many of our schools. This is sex-education on steroids. You can download your own copy of the standards here.
I have only highlighted a very few of the items I, as a mom, find objectionable. You may not have any issues with the standards, principles and skills that children will be taught as a part of the Common Core Standards. I’m not asking you to agree with me. After all these are only minimum standards. Page 6 – Outline what, based on research and extensive professional expertise, are the minimum, essential content and skills for sexuality education K–12 given student needs, limited teacher preparation and typically available time and resources. I just want you to be aware of the details.
If Common Core is so wonderful, why did they bring it in the back door without legislation? Education we are paying for, without representation.
Check back, as I am researching the companies that are creating curriculum to meet these standards.
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You should keep looking then, this is garbage and attempts to connect two concepts that are not related as a scare tactic to prevent progress in education.
"Instruction by qualified sexuality education teachers is essential for student achievement."'Scuse me, Common Core, but WTH is "student achievement" in this context? And really, by second grade my boys should know what a vagina is? Um, no. We call those girl parts right now, and they have boy parts. For that matter, most people don't seem to use that term correctly anyway, so fat lot of good all this "education" has done them. Drives me nuts when I see people say "vagina" when they mean the outside parts of the female reproductive system. That's the labia majora and minora, y'all. So much for sex ed. People like to think that giving kids the medical terms for things is some kind of magical protection for them against predators, which doesn't seem to be true based on the kids I grew up with. The people who knew what sexual organs were called earlier in their lives *used* those parts earlier. Go figure. Other than that very unconvincing line of reasoning about predators, why would they need that information? Oh, yeah. Because certain political factions *want* kids to use their parts earlier.
Wow. Just wow.*shaking my head*
I am a mother of 5 and we teach our kids to wait until they are married. We don't sugar coat anything. They know it won't be easy but the true reward will be worht it.
You are not a qualified sex educator. You are teaching ignorance not a comprehensive curriculum of sexual health. I know it makes it easy for you to boil this down to birth control and contraceptives vs. abstinence but it’s much broader than that which is why national standard have value.
Well… Mr. Know it all…. it is very likely that you are either not a parent, or just one that doesn’t really care about your kids. What makes most caring parents qualified sex educator? Just the fact that they have gone through the phases of childhood, teen years and into adulthood. And know the sexual challenges that these different phases bring. I believe I should have the right to decide when my kids are ready to encounter this information… based not on their age or school grade but level of maturity they have achieved at any given age. If you want to give up your right as a parent to have another person educate your child with whatever information they feel fit, and with whatever values they posses, that is your choice (assuming you have any)…. but I believe the majority of responsible parent do want to have a say in what information is being taught, and what the appropriate age they should encounter such information… there is a reason why even in Hollywood the movies are rated for a certain group of people… to prevent kids from being exposed to material that is not suitable for their age or level of maturity. There is a cause effect relationship that interest groups with an agenda do not want to acknowledge.
Children exposed to sexual information at a young age tend to want to experiment with that knowledge at a younger age,..
Amen i agree
I have always taught my four boys the proper name for male and female anatomy. Of course, I didn't teach them about female until they insisted I also had a penis. They know that God has given the man and the woman each a special part to make a baby. They know how babies are born. They know breastfeeding. These are all things that we feel are vital for their personal sexuality. Sexuality does not mean sex. Yes, they do learn what sex is at a certain age, but sex does not define their sexuality. I feel 5th grade is sometimes too late to start in some cases. We as parents have the right to have our children participate in these classes or not.I too, want to instill in my boys to wait till marriage to have sex. That is not only from my beliefs, but also from personal experience of not waiting. They NEED to know ALL that can happen from sex. Our oldest is now 15 (others 9, 7, & 6) we started with him when he was in 5th grade thru a program offered by Pregnancy Care Center and local churches. It gave them vital information without extra info. We as parents were in also there with our children. They also taught from the Bible, and what It says about sex.Again, each parent has their own opinion and has to decide what is best for their child. However, I strongly recommend everyone looking into https://www.facebook.com/mybestforyou, http://affirminglifeonline.org/OurServices/MyBestforYou/tabid/968/Default.aspx, http://affirminglifeonline.org/OurServices/Transformed/tabid/969/Default.aspx, http://affirminglifeonline.org/OurServices/ChooseToWait/tabid/976/Default.aspx
since most parents NEVER talk to their kids about sex…… sex education is a necessity. When kids don't learn about it from qualified people, they learn from the other kids, by experimentation or from TV. Since we rank atrociously high in teen birth rate, it's more than obvious that ignorance and hoping for abstinence DO NOT work. Right now, most people use the "knock on wood" method of sex education. Sorry.. what we are doing now has failed miserably.
This is a logical miscalculation. Kids today know far more about sex than our ancestors yet the teen birth rate has skyrocketed. And I would have to venture to say (based on family information) that my great grandparents and grandparents weren’t taught about sexuality. There is a huge disconnect in your logic except for one statement: What we are doing now has failed miserably. Yes, meaning right now.
It is completely ilogical to believe that any outfit or individual involved in sexuality education for K-12 or the federal government is interested in the welfare of children. It is business, The breakdown of the family, and moral decline are fueled by the availability and promotion of abortion and other emergency contraceptives…it’s bigger business than ever…and early education is a primer, under the guise of disease prevention and anti-bullying. There is no incentive to fix the “problem” of teen sex. Any doubt? Here’s a news story about a sign posted at a Shawnee, KS middle school and a young girl’s dad who did something about it. If these terms are so “normal and natural” how about sharing this with great-grandma & grandpa? http://fox4kc.com/2014/01/14/father-upset-with-terms-on-schools-sexual-education-poster/
I fight Common Core as well, but "informed by" DOES NOT mean it is part of Common Core. Lots of curriculum resources companies and other organizations are aligning material with Common Core in hopes of selling or pushing it into schools but it does not mean they are official partners of or PART OF Common Core. I would not be surprised to see it added in as part of Common Core later after we lose more control locally. But we must be clear and informed so we cannot be discredited.
Thank you for actually reading the booklet. I think 99.9% of people just blindly believe everything they read without checking things out for themselves.
Indeed, I read page six and found that the organization for National Sexuality Education Standards has been around for a while and in fact, has informed policy for schools and districts. This is an attempt to unify the sex ed standards, but is in no way part of Common Core. They simply used those guidelines (among others) to “inform” or develop their standards.
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