Chariho School Parents’ Forum

December 18, 2006

The ACLU at it again

Filed under: Sex-Ed,State-wide — Editor @ 2:48 pm

Posted in the “schools in the news,” “RI schools” section I have listed articles about the fight for abstinence education in RI.   Parents voluntarily allow their children to participate; yet the ACLU doesn’t think they have that right.  Commissioner McWalters wisely reversed his ban on abstinence but the ACLU just won’t quit.  Here is the most recent letter from the ACLU http://www.riaclu.org/documents/2006HeritagelettertoDOE1215.pdf 

A few points in the letter (link above) are particularly telling (troubling). 

“First, HRI’s reported five-hour curriculum would appear to take up a significant amount of the class time set aside for discussion of HIV/AIDS, family life and sexuality topics generally. If so, this could leave little time for useful complementary sex education instruction that is clearly missing from this particular program.” 

If the total time devoted to sex-ed were 5 1/2 hours, I might agree with this statement – but its not. This also begs the question – how much time do parents want devoted to teaching abstinence compared to teaching “technique” et al. 

“More importantly, we are concerned that the HRI curriculum simply is not “one component of a comprehensive health curriculum consistent with state standards.” Instead, it appears to be a component that is, at least in part, contradictory to the state’s health curriculum. How teachers are supposed to deal with these seemingly opposing teaching lessons is difficult to comprehend.” 

If abstinence is at opposition to the lesson plan – it makes one wonder exactly what are the values that comprehensive sex-ed is trying to impart. 

“Under RIDE’s health education standards, for example, students in Grades 11-12 are supposed to be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and analyze how “gays and lesbians can establish fulfilling committed relationships.”  

I wonder if the average parent (even in RI) would approve of this lesson. What if a student answered this question with statistics on the high rate of infidelity among homosexual couples (even if done with consent – and what impact will that lesson of consent have on that child’s future relationships) or the disproportionably higher rate of violence in those relationships. Could this lesson be considered a political (or religious) litmus test?

Finally, we should all ask a simple question.  Since we started teaching this progressive “comprehensive sex-ed,” have things gotten better or worse?

 For another analysis of this topic, check out this post on anchorrising.

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3 Comments »

  1. I’m still looking for points of disagreement with you Mr. Felkner. Excellent insight and as a parent that monitors the vast array of nonsense thrown at my children in school, the sexual-ed topic is certainly one of concern for me. Please keep us updated on anything you learn about sexual-ed at Chariho?

    Comment by Curious Resident — December 20, 2006 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you CR. God bless and have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a prosperous New Year – let us hope we are all blessed with more and more parent involvement! It’s the only avenue for change.

    PS. You will find many many more article of interest on the links page.
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    Comment by cspf — December 20, 2006 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  3. I wonder what the ACLU will have to say about this being taught in RI schools?

    http://www.onenewsnow.com/AP/Search/US/Default.aspx?id=276548

    Comment by RS — October 5, 2008 @ 11:03 pm | Reply


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