A recently unveiled proposal to teach comprehensive sex education in grades K through 12 in Helena, Montana, public schools is attracting considerable controversy, as it comes up for debate Tuesday evening.
An outline of the proposed program, which can be found online, shows that students in grade 1 would be taught that “human beings can love people of the same gender.” In grade two they would learn that “making fun of people by calling them gay (e.g., ‘homo,’ ‘fag,’ ‘queer’) is disrespectful & hurtful.”
In grade 5, when students are typically 10 or 11 years old, they will be taught that sex can involve “vaginal, oral, or anal penetration.” They will also be taught about “sexual orientation.” In grade 6 they will be taught that sex can also involve “using the penis, fingers, tongue or objects.”
And in grade 8 students will be taught that the Supreme Court has found that “people have the right to make personal decisions concerning sexuality & reproductive health matters, such as abortion, sterilization, and contraception.”
Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation has called the program “absolutely insane.”
“This is not education,” he said. “This has crossed the line and has gone from education to indoctrination and that’s the problem parents have.”
Jim Sedlak, the vice president of American Life League, said that, “Parents in Helena are right to be upset about these proposed sex courses in their schools.
“Sex education is a value-laden subject, and information must be conveyed to each child at a level consistent with his or her mental maturity,” he said.
“The children who are unfortunate enough to be thrust into this kind of curriculum will suffer in countless ways, both academically and socially.”