Sex Education Textbook Sparks Parent Outrage
A sex education textbook sparked parent outrage in California and parents are calling it wildly inappropriate for students.
The Los Angeles Times says parents from Fremont Unified School District are trying to convince administrators to reconsider the use of a textbook in ninth-grade health classes. The book, “Your Health Today” refers to sexual bondage and other topics that parents believe are too mature for their teens.
An online petition to remove the book from classrooms had over 1,700 signatures last Friday.
One petitioner commented, “This book is clearly targeted for college students. One has to ask why are the teachers so interested in getting kids exposed to these ‘advanced’ sexual material.”
Authors of the book did admit the book is intended for college students, but that it could still work for high school students.
Teachers and the Northern California districts board of education agreed to adopt the textbook in June, according to Today.com.
The school board president Lara Calvert-York says of the students, “We really want them to have a safe place to get facts about their bodies and how to handle things and how they need to be mature to deal with these things.”
According to state law, parents in the state of California must be notified about the content in sex education courses prior to when they take place. Parents who prefer their student not take sex education are able to opt their child out of that portion of the class.
While I agree that sex education should be taught at a young age and should be done in a straightforward an honest manner, this book is a little too much. It seems the school district needs to reexamine their choice in books and find one more appropriate for ninth graders.