Why do people decide to become parents? (Choose one.)
A. To build up one’s ego
B. To have a child who looks like me
C. To have a child who will carry on the family name
D. To have a child who will inherit the family business, money, or property
E. All of the above
This question and its narcissistic answers are part of a new sex education curriculum recently adopted by the Arlington County (Va.) School Board. (Correct answer is E.) The textbook, “A Teen’s Guide to Sexuality” by Linda Meeks and Philip Heit, gives students other answers as to why people choose to procreate: To try to save one’s marriage, to do what one’s peers are doing, and to keep from being criticized for being childless.
“I have never seen such a self-centered approach to parenthood,” exclaimed Twila Gavin, who serves on the Health and Physical Education Advisory Committee and is leading a crusade against the book. “Have the authors never heard of commitment, covenant, and fruits from the love they share in marriage? They clearly have it all wrong. What a horrible message to our children!”
Parents are protesting other messages in the text, namely the token lip service paid glibly to abstinence, coupled with overtly graphic illustrations of birth control methods, including graphic pictures of condom application. There has also been discussion among academia to equip classrooms with plastic models for students.
Gavin’s parental objections very definitely fall within the mainstream. A recent poll found that 61% of parents disapprove or strongly disapprove of ‘comprehensive’ or ‘safe sex’ education and 75% of parents disapprove or strongly disapprove of the Center for Disease Control sex education curriculum.
And a recent study by the Heritage Foundation found that sexually active teenagers are more likely to be depressed and attempt suicide than teenagers who are not sexually active. The study showed sexually active girls are nearly three times more likely to attempt suicide than are girls who are not sexually active while sexually active teenage boys are eight times more likely to attempt suicide than are boys who are not sexually active.
“There’s a big difference between the legitimate parental desire to have their children well educated and the indoctrination that permeates the ‘comprehensive’ sex-ed curriculums,” said Dr. Janice Crouse, BLI’s Senior Fellow. “These materials are chock full of the wrong kind of ‘values’ values that are not shared by mainstream parents nor do they enhance the well-being of the nation’s children.”
Kathleen Grove, Arlington County’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, defended the curriculum, saying she met with parents and two advisory committees concerning the recommended text and can’t understand why parents are protesting.
“We do not intend to promote premarital sexual activity, nor radical egocentrism, nor incorrect use of birth control,” said Grove.
But Dr. John Diggs disagreed, claiming in a letter to the school board that the curriculum “fails on several counts” and an abstinence label had been “slapped on as an afterthought.”
The South Hadley, Massachusetts physician reviewed portions of the text and charged the authors with having “an inadequate background in the medical issues to accurately address the reproductive technologies they extensively discuss.” Diggs also claims the curriculum is slipshod in its definition of terms, and has several errors abortifacient mechanisms are misrepresented, ova are said to implant when they do not and abstinence is listed as reducing rather than eliminating the risk of STDs.
“It becomes clear that the facilitation of sex without pregnancy is the priority of the curriculum,” wrote Diggs.
According to Grove, the newly adopted textbooks, grades kindergarten through grade ten, are being purchased over two years. Grades six through twelve will have new books in the fall along with some selected elementary schools. And ‘A Teen’s Guide to Sexuality’ will be used as a supplement for grade nine.