According to AP, Fox News, and The New American, there is considerable outrage being expressed toward a progressive school board that wants children as young as five years old to be taught numerous things about sex. This is not something that has been plucked out of the blue, the United Nations has a program of sexuality education that is being promoted globally. It seems that Helena Montana School Board has gotten on board with that program. Click the link and find out just how outrageous this program actually is.
This U.N. report on teaching sexuality to children from age 5-18 looks very good and has some most excellent points. It talks about bullying and other things that are needful for age appropriate education. I posted the article on a child protection advocate discussion board, and never expected to get lambasted for declaring that teaching five year olds about masturbation child abuse. It is as defined by the State of Mississippi. Although I am told it is not in other states. I don't have the time to check all that out, though.
If you'll look at your state's child abuse code, you might be surprised at what you find as defined child abuse.
In the state of Mississippi we find:
“(2) For purposes of this section, any material is sexually oriented if the material contains representations or descriptions, actual or simulated, of masturbation, sodomy, excretory functions, lewd exhibition of the genitals or female breasts, sadomasochistic abuse (for the purpose of sexual stimulation or gratification), homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, sexual intercourse, or physical contact with a person's clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or the breast or breasts of a female for the purpose of sexual stimulation, gratification or perversion.”
What the report intimates, but does not come right out and say is that many of the concepts and values must be taught across the age groups (page 28). The article includes concerns of critics who have seen the curriculum. It is their concern that the concepts taught may not be age appropriate as the U.N. proposes. I heartily agree. And I have the same concern about this thing that a Montana school board is proposing.
On page 48 in the same module for 5-8 year olds, the units to be taught are a progression… “It is natural to explore our bodies, bodies feel good when touched, touching oneself is called masturbation.” These are objectives for 5-8 year olds which, in my opinion, is highly inappropriate for that age. By teaching this, educators are stepping over the line of appropriate subject matter in sex education.
The program intends to teach sexuality values, again page 28: “The overarching topics under which learning objectives have been defined are organized around six key concepts:
- Values, attitudes and skills
- Culture, society and law
- Human development
- Sexual behavior
- Sexual and reproductive health”
And on page 34 for ages 9-12: Key Ideas: Values regarding gender, relationships, intimacy, love, sexuality and reproduction influence personal behavior and decision-making. Cultural values affect male and female gender role expectations and equality.
Admittedly, the values section for ages 15-18 provides for the key insight that parents teach their values to their children and can respect that their children may form different values.
It also teaches ages 5-8 that people have the right to make their own decisions. While this is true, it could be misconstrued from a child's viewpoint because children should obey parents and submit to their decisions in a healthy way, not from an abusive standpoint. But, that is a side point to the discussion.
I do not say that children should be “kept ignorant or taught to be ashamed of their bodies”. Gracious! I do believe there is a time and place for sex education. It is not the government’s job to teach our kids about sex. It should remain in the home, and should be handled sensitively with regard to maturity. AND it should be biologically and scientifically addressed along with all the information about STDs and other things that people face when they become sexually active. The stats listed in this report show that the education of teens did not change behavior for the majority of respondents. That is a tell which should not be overlooked.
Because it has so much good, we should just ignore the little bit of bad? “Oh, because this is good and that is good, let's forget about this bad part.” I can't wrap my brain around this: that the U.N. thinks we need to teach 5 year olds what masturbation is?
It is insidious how the world encroaches upon the innocent today. Teaching this to children is sexual abuse. No matter how much candy is wrapped around it, it is sexual abuse. Because it is wrapped up in scientific jargon (read that: candy-coated) then it must be okay for teachers to teach it.
The question isn’t “Why do five year olds have to be included in this program?” The real question is, “Why is government taking over our children’s values?” That question not only churns my stomach, but makes me shudder.