Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Jr. High School
What will my child be taught about sex in middle school?
The California Department of Education has published their Health Frameworks, which are intended to instruct teachers and curriculum-writers on how to present lesson content required by the California Healthy Youth Act. We have included excerpts from the Frameworks below.
But, the most commonly-adopted sex ed curricula go much farther than even the Frameworks suggest. To see excerpts from some of these curricula, currently being used in California middle schools, click HERE.
Quotes from Frameworks:
“Students understand from learning in earlier grade levels that gender is not strictly defined by biology and sexual anatomy.”
“The CHYA lists many required topics including information on the safety and effectiveness of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, all legally available pregnancy options, HIV and other STIs, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse, human trafficking, adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, local health resources, and pupils’ rights to access sexual health and reproductive health care.”
“Instruction and materials on sexual health content must acknowledge diverse sexual orientations and include examples of same-sex relationships and couples.”
“When implementing instruction, students should not be separated or segregated by gender or other demographic characteristics.”
“When the topic of masturbation is introduced or arises, teachers explain what masturbation is and that it is safe, normal, and not mentally or physically harmful.”
“Students in seventh and eighth grade tend to appreciate and welcome the perspectives a guest speaker brings. Guest speakers from your local public health department or local nonprofit organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, may have well-informed sexual health educators and age-appropriate materials to support comprehensive sexual health education.”
“Some students may identify with the traditional masculine/feminine pronouns ‘he/she,’ ‘him/her,’ and ‘his/hers,’ while some may prefer pronouns such as ‘they,’ ‘them,’ and ‘theirs’ as a singular pronoun. Using ‘they’ ‘them,’ and ‘theirs’ is considered gender neutral or non-binary and can also be used in an effort to be inclusive of various personal identities. In addition, the term ‘partner’ should be used in place of or in addition to ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ or ‘husband/wife’ to avoid assumptions about gender and sexual orientation. Some students may be non-monogamous and the term ‘partner(s)’ may also be used to be more inclusive.
“The California Department of Education recommends that Oral Sex be discussed as:
“Part of Class Activity Scenarios
“As a way in which a person might be sexually assaulted.”
Screenshot of a suggested class participation activity:
What Can I do now?
Ask your Trustees what their plan is for your district. Send e-mails, or better yet, meet in person.
Talk to your child’s teacher(s). Ask them how they feel about what they are going to teach.
Link arms with other concerned parents and make sure that what is being taught to your children agrees with YOUR definition of age-appropriate.
Make sure that what is taught is, in fact, medically accurate and not purely ideological, or theory being presented as fact.
See our TAKE ACTION page at the bottom of our Home Page for a list of good questions to ask your Trustees.
Post information you find on this website on your own social media pages.
If you believe the curriculum that will be taught to your child will be harmful, OPT THEM OUT, and help as many other parents as you can learn about this.