By Maurine Proctor
Do you want your five or six-year-old learning about sex at school? What we’re seeing in Montana is proving to be a trend throughout the country. The Helena Public School system in Montana is coming under fire for a proposed plan to teach sex education to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. According to Fox News, “it includes teaching first graders that people can be attracted to the same gender. In second grade students are instructed to avoid gay slurs and by the time students are 10 years old they are taught about various types of intercourse.” According to a draft proposal obtained by FOX News Radio, fifth graders should “understand that sexual intercourse includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration.”
School superintendent Bruce Messinger said that educators are looking at the age-appropriateness of the material and stated that the final decision for the curriculum wouldn’t be made until August. He also noted that parents would be able to have their students opt out of class. Messinger defended the proposed program based on data that indicates a growing number of 10, 11 and 12-year-olds are becoming sexually active.
By having this program as merely opt-out, the government is creating a de facto required sex-ed course for five-year olds. This program would teach them that homosexuality is merely an alternative to, and on par with, heterosexual relationships. This tramples on parents’ rights to teach their children about the important of abstinence before marriage and the propriety of a relationship between a married man and woman.
Family Leader is extremely concerned about this trend and will follow it nationally in upcoming emails.
For those in Montana who would like to act on this, the school board will hear public comment on the issue at their regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 13th; all area residents are encouraged to have their voice heard on this important issue.
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The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Maurine Proctor, is a graduate of Harvard University, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Meridian Magazine, and President of Family Leader Foundation. She has written and edited several books, worked for The Chicago Sun-Times and is an award-winning documentary writer and producer.