Another day, another idiotic public school lesson about sex. Recently at Woodland Park Middle School in San Marcos, California, 8th grade students were told to tell their class “how far they were willing to go sexually” as a class assignment.
One of those students went home that day and told her parents that she had been asked to stand under a sign that indicated how far she would be willing to take a sexual encounter. She told her parents that many of the students felt that they were being told to indicate what kind of sexual activity they’d already taken part in. She was embarrassed and felt a tremendous amount of peer pressure as she took part in the class assignment – knowing that everyone was watching everyone else.
“… the parents say their eighth grader came home and told them her teacher instructed students to stand under signs labeled “smiled at, hugged, kissed, above the waist, below the waist, and all the way.” The activity was part of a dating lesson in family life and health class.
“To put them up in front of their friends to be humiliated or to be asked questions that I believe are personal, it’s really none of the school’s business,” the parent said. The parents say the lesson didn’t teach their child anything but left her feeling peer pressured. “For the children to get that confused is just another reason why it shouldn’t even be in the schools.”
The school’s principal, Brian Randall, tried to explain away the controversy by saying that this particular assignment had been going on for years. (That doesn’t make it okay!) He also said, “The parents sign permission slips for the class and can look at the curriculum prior. The purpose of the lesson was to open the lines of communication between parents and students about dating expectations.” The angry parents say the lesson didn’t teach their child anything – all it did was make her feel pressured by her teacher and her classmates.
Honestly, the overarching point here should simply be that it’s not the place of the school teacher to be engaging children in this kind of conversation. It is the job of parents to parent their children. The school nurse can’t hand out Tylenol, but the gym teacher can tell a child all about sex and the multitude of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual ramifications that come along with it?
That makes no sense. None.
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