In response to an article published in the Orange County Register on July 19, 2018, Brenda Lebsack (OUSD Board member) wrote a thoughtful response which was published on August 10th. She points out that the main reason her district rejected Teen Talk was due to medical inaccuracies found within the lessons -- inaccuracies that put teens in harm's way.
Skip Hellewell, a member of our United Parents team, also wrote a response to this original Orange County Register article:
Your 7/19 article “O.C. school districts resist state sex ed law” missed the main points of growing resistance to proposed sex ed curricula. Most parents aren’t resisting the law (AB 329, the CA Healthy Youth Act)—they are offended by curricula that go well beyond the law. Likewise, parents aren’t against the LGBTQ—they seek to protect the innocence and health of ALL children.
The proposed curricula appear to violate AB 329 because they are not age appropriate, introduce children to risky sexual behavior, and do not respect parental sex ed rights. For example: The Teen Talk curriculum provided at the Capo USD for parental inspection invites 12- and 13-year-old children, in the first lesson, to discuss masturbation, oral sex, and anal sex. This offends innocence.
Sex ed curricula are now required to teach children the benefits of, and skills needed, to delay their sexual debut until, hopefully, it’s legal, or even until marriage. Sadly, the proposed curricula do not adequately teach this vital knowledge. You don’t have to be Christian to be concerned; parents of all beliefs are conservative when it comes to protecting their children. The cited “sexual assault victim” might have been protected with better teaching of refusal and coping skills, and healthy relationships.
Laws are created in Sacramento, but curricula are approved by the school boards of our local school districts. The trustees of the Capo USD, and the Orange USD, cited in your article, should be commended for listening to parent’s concerns and engaging them. It’s democracy at work. The most common reaction when these sex ed curricula are explained to parents is, “They’re teaching my child what?” Parents are widely unaware of the new law and the proposed curricula. This is an opportunity for the Register. I just returned as a subscriber; make me proud.