Oceanside Unified School District suspends sex ed program for grades K-6

Parents say program is not age-appropriate

Parents pack school board meeting. (image from CBS)

Oceanside Unified School District suspended sexual health instruction for grades K-6 Monday (June 18) after getting feedback from parents and community members through an online and written survey.

Acting Superintendent Reggie Thompkins announced, “The district will be redesigning the K thru 6 sexual health curriculum with input from parents, district staff, and the community. Once a timeline for the curriculum redesign is established, the district will reach out to interested stakeholders regarding the curriculum redesign process.”

Oceanside Unified Board President Ann Corwin made clear the district will continue K-6 sex education. Most San Diego county school districts do not have a sexual health program for lower grades. San Diego Unified School District uses the same curriculum provider as Oceanside, but only for grades 6-12.

change.org petition from a group called Speak Up Oceanside has gathered about 2,300 signatures calling for the district’s sex ed curriculum to be replaced. Such objections led to the recent survey.

The controversial curriculum is created by Washington D.C. activists Advocates for YouthAdvocates for Youth produces videos for 10-14 year olds many believe are not age appropriate.

The video Porn: Fact or Fiction teaches children watching porn is perfectly normal and shows them nude cartoon images in pornographic situations.

A sixth grade lesson from the Advocates for Youth curriculum teaches children to watch out for bias from religious sources. The lesson does not state any other possible sources of bias.

They also teach middle school students that masturbating one another and bathing together poses no infectious risk to them, just the same as abstinence from sexual activity and holding hands.

San Diego Unified recently scrubbed the point about mutual masturbation from their lesson plans after a medical review determined the lesson was not medically accurate. Oceanside is also scrubbing certain objectionable items.

Protesters say scrubbing the worst aspects of the curriculum is not enough. The curriculum should come from people who don’t produce material that needs to be scrubbed in the first place.

Despite similar issues with the grades 7-8 and 9-12 curriculum Advocates for Youth provides, Corwin says the district will not consider conducting a similar survey or making changes for those grades.

People also object to public schools using educational materials from partisan political activists.

The implementation of sex ed. curriculums for elementary grades has been disturbing to parents across the state. Incidents have been reported of parents expressing outrage when their young children come home from school with the idea that their gender might change, some children traumatized by the thought.

Oceanside parent Charity Winters says she moved to Oceanside from L.A. a year ago to find a family-friendly environment to raise children. “I was really surprised and disappointed to find the same politically driven schools as L.A. that prioritize politics and sex over academics,” she says.

Winters volunteered at school throughout the year with her kindergarten-age daughter. She was told homework assignments aren’t given in kindergarten. But that changed when it was time to teach sex education. “No academic homework all year then they assign sex homework for five year olds?” she asks. “”I’ve personally worked with a handful of students who are graduating kindergarten without basic competencies in the ABC’s, yet the district is taking our teacher’s valuable classroom time to instead teach them sex ed.”

Winters says when Oceanside first presented the Advocates For Youth Curriculum for review, it called for an entire kindergarten class to be sat down on the classroom carpet in a mixed sex group and the teacher would name their private parts and engage a mixed sex conversation of five-year-olds discussing their sexual organs. For girls, the lesson went beyond merely naming the vulva. Girls were to point to each of their “three holes;” urethra, vagina and anus. That was one of the first curriculum items to get scrubbed after parents started protesting.

Winters says scrubbing the worst aspects of the curriculum is not enough. The curriculum should come from people who don’t produce material that needs to be scrubbed in the first place, she believes.

Winters says Speak Up Oceanside includes parents of older students who have similar objections to the curriculum in grades 7-8 and 9-12 (also provided by Advocates for Youth.)

Full story at San Diego Reader.

Comments

  1. When parents pack school board meetings it makes them feel like they are doing “something”. If they REALLY want to do something, they should take their kids away from the indoctrinators. Permanently.

  2. Linda Maria says

    I do not believe that sex-ed is appropriate in American schools– for any age! NONE!! Instead — I believe in separate one-time talks to be given in a health class, one in junior high and one in senior high, to separated groups of boys and girls. The talks should be about only the basics of the “facts of life”– plus, proper moral behavior. Then, I believe a class in Marriage could be taught to juniors or seniors in high school– but only with Christian Morals! The rest is the responsibility of parents. America needs to have a huge investigation of liberal, immoral crackpots– and get rid of them all!

  3. What are parents teaching their children at home? Young children should learn the proper names for major body parts. Age appropriate sex instruction for pre-teens is essential. Ignorance breeds unwelcome surprises.

    • I agree about the children learning the proper names of their body parts — but at home, by their parents or those bathing them from the start — instead of using silly nicknames for such parts. I got my sex education from the Bible and the World Book Encyclopedia that my grandparents bought me, not pornography. I would look up words from the Bible in the dictionary. The good thing about that is that it taught me all the bad consequences of immoral behavior — no brushing aside of all the diseases, broken families and destruction from such behavior.

      • Anonymous says

        I want to be clear that I did not mean that parents should be too specific for very small children. The tern “private parts” is a good term for very small children that is not too specific but gets across to toddlers that they should be clean and cover themselves when around other people. Other proper words can be added as the child gets older. Most parents should already know this.

    • There are also good, Catholic, age appropriate books teaching sex ed in Catholic book stores. Parents can buy these and teach their own children. Also, many Catholic churches and schools have lending libraries for adults. Those books will not cost a penny.

  4. Lots of millstones to go around the necks of these who lead children astray.

  5. The Watchman says

    This radical diabolical sex ed program is nothing more than homosexual indoctrination of these very young minds. The parents should just take these children out of schools and home school them so they know exactly what they are learning. This radical sex ed program is going on throughout all of North America. The devil himself is behind this diabolical programming so that he could steal the souls of these precious children. America pray for these children so that they can be protected by the onslaught of this indoctrination. Jesus Christ King of Kings Lord of Lords True God and True Man is coming back soon like a thief in the night. Pray America Pray. Pray Pray Pray!

  6. Linda Maria says

    About 2 per cent of a married couple’s life is spent in the bedroom. And the rest, is an ordinary, daily life, shared with your beloved spouse, over a lifetime! A good, successful, lasting marriage, requires a lot of love, sacrifice, and maturity! When taking their Wedding Vows, couples must always welcome children, that God sends. Young people must be well-prepared, for the responsibilities of Marriage and Family!

  7. Thanks for the article. Marriage then is is a commitment.

  8. Sex education is really the responsibility of the parents. Unfortunately, these days most children only have one parent. Also, many parents feel uncomfortable talking about sex with their children. There are so many messages about sex directed to young children and young adults which are unhealthy and irrational.

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