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Samples of 2014 Adolescent Sexuality Workshop Topics

To see agenda in full, visit: Conference Steering Committee includes:Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force; Oregon Department of Education; Oregon DHS, Youth Services; Oregon Health Authority; Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette and Southwestern Oregon Samples of 2014 Adolescent Sexuality Workshop Topics • Lessening the Taboo: Where Does Pleasure Fit into Sexual Health Education? • Safer Oral Sex practices (ex: dental dams) • Lubrication information • What Every Teen Should Know About Contraceptive Access Under Obamacare • Primary Prevention Curriculum with a Catholic Lens for Latin@ Youth • The Love Bugs – Sexually Transmitted Infections • Sexuality education for 5th – 8th graders from a youth-adult partnership perspective • Debunk common myths and stigmas associated with asexuality • The Problem with Abstinence • The meanings of rape and consent from a youth perspective • Ancient Wisdom for Inner Strength • My mother wants me to be a lesbian; Unique “coming out” experiences • Personal stories of bullying, being identified as LGBTQ, what a healthy breakup looks like • Oops!…I Did it Again: Getting Lost in the Game of Friends with Benefits • Building sexual health in adolescents begins with a conversation • Peer sexuality education program; Teen Council. • Using a model of holistic sexuality; explore ways to include scripture in sexuality education • No Glove, No Love: Condomology 411

Sex Ed in Oregon - What is Really Happening?

Parents and guardians hold a lot more cards than they think. Students, teachers, administrators, school board members also have rights when it comes to the explicit K-12 comprehensive sexuality education that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) sanctions and endorses. Local control is nothing if districts succumb to pressure from the Oregon Department of Education to accept "free curriculum/training" or cave when told that you are "not in compliance with the law". Here is an interview with the co-founder of Parents' Rights in Education that will give you insights into what is really happening around Oregon in regards to sex ed. Despite our differing opinions about religious, political or social issues, the role of a parent or guardian must not be negated to the state. We encourage you to peruse our website to find out just what Oregon's K-12 comprehensive sexuality education is all about, what your rights are and practical things you can do if some of it doesn't seem fair or appropriate given the diverse values/beliefs of your community.

What is "Best Practice" for Teaching YOUR Child About...

* * * * * * * * SEXUAL PLEASURE * * * * * * * * * (...or how about dental dams, lubrication, condoms, abortion, sense of self?)

Hiding Behind Words?

Do you know what the following words REALLY mean when used in the context of Oregon K-12 sex education?
"Comprehensive" "Wellness" "Safety" "Best Practice" "Medically Accurate" "Evidence-Based" "Balanced/Non-Judgmental"
Be sure to ask that these words be clearly defined and explained. We find that the Oregon Department of Education often hides behind these vague terms. You deserve to know exactly what they are endorsing! ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS. EXPECT SUBSTANTIVE ANSWERS.

ODE 2012 Sex Ed Revisions Can Be Challenged

At the 2013 Adolescent Sexuality Conference, Sexuality Specialist Brad Victor boasted that Oregon has the most progressive sex education standards - that we have "pushed the envelope once again!" Here's what you can do. Click here: Questions regarding 2012 OARS Revisions_Sexuality Education to view a list of sample questions parents and concerned community members could ask their school board in regards to the 2012 revisions the Oregon Department of Education has added to grades K-12 Human Sexuality Education OAR 581-022-1440. The 2012 revisions can be found at ODE’s website: These questions are not at all encompassing, however they do include many topics included in the 2012 Human Sexuality Education OAR revisions that the ODE deems "best practice". If your district is feeling intimidated or pressured by the ODE to “follow the law”, remind your school officials that there are many other laws in which they are to be following. Do not buckle when unfamiliar terms are being used or you do not know how to respond. You must ask yourself, WHO is ultimately in control of your minor children? It doesn't matter if you don't fully comprehend Oregon law. Who does?! It is the responsibility of Oregon school districts to justify their decisions/policy around teaching your children about sex. Keep them accountable! Local control is nothing without the role of parents/guardians being honored and upheld.

X-Rated Poster in Middle School Just the Tip of the Iceberg

This EXACT curriculum is being used in many Oregon school districts. The poster that a 13 year old Kansas student took a picture of is just the tip of the iceberg. It is shocking to see what sex ed materials are being deemed "best practice", "medically accurate" and "age appropriate" for minor children. Do you know what curriculum your school is using? Parents and guardians have the legal right to view ALL sex ed curriculum (including supplemental materials) used in their district. This should be readily available for viewing at any time. Check out tools and tips found on this website for suggested ways to go about this. You have the right to know what kind of discussions and materials your child and his/her classmates are engaging in once the classroom door closes. We encourage you to approach your district administrators and teachers with respectful resolve. Hold them accountable and require them to justify the use of selected materials. As parents, you hold a lot more cards than you think! Kansas parent exposes what middle school students are seeing in their classroom:

"Separation of Sex and State"

“Comprehensive sex education” is a sham and a joke. It’s also more than just a little creepy. If an adult in ANY OTHER CONTEXT came up to your child and tried to strike up a conversation about ”self-pleasure” or “oral sex,” you’d likely have … uh… “words”… with him, and then words with the police. ~Matt Walsh
A perspective we think worthy of sharing with you!

Best Practice?

Who gets to decide what is "best practice" when it comes to K-12 sexuality education? How does my district's K-12 sexuality education curriculum support "best practices"? How do these "best practices" honor the diverse values/beliefs of parents and guardians within my district? How do these "best practices" protect the rights and responsibilities I have as a parent?
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) touts that its K-12 comprehensive sexuality standards employ "best practices". Parents' Rights in Education encourages you to view some of our various posts and links and ask yourself if the organizations that ODE partners with, the curriculum that they promote and the events that they advocate can really be deemed "best practice". ODE's recent history and current affiliations reveal a much different standard of practice.

Are you getting the bureaucratic "brush-off”?

Are you getting the run-around? It may be intentional, it may not be. We know individual's at your child's school are no doubt very busy. But...they work for YOU and you DO have the LEGAL RIGHT to view any and all curriculum. Parents' Rights in Education would like to hear from you. Are you an Oregonian frustrated with your attempts to view your district's K-12 sexuality education curriculum? What are you encountering? What is your story? It would REALLY help us to know.

List of Questions You Could Ask School Officials

Yes, it can be a bit intimidating. No doubt about it. But remember, your school/district officials work for YOU; you entrust your children to their care during the school day. You have the LEGAL RIGHT to know what is being taught to your children. Be both respectful and resolute. Recently a Spanish-speaking parent from the Portland Public School District who had limited English-speaking skills told a group that, "If I can stand before a school board and share my concerns/questions, then so can you!" Here are some sample questions you could print off and use TODAY!
1. How and when can I see all the district's K-12 sexuality education curriculum materials? 2. What is the school’s policy re notifying me of sexuality education, potentially objectionable reading assignments and other sensitive curriculum matters? How will I be informed/contacted? 3. What is the policy or process for me to “opt out” my child from a class or assignment? 4. How can I get a copy of the district's K-12 Sexuality Education policies? 5. Will there be any non-school personnel teaching certain sexuality education material? How were their qualifications verified? If these personnel are permitted to do instruction, can other non-school personnel with different viewpoints also be approved for instruction? What policies govern these decisions? 6. May I observe classroom instruction? If not, why not? If so, what if any procedure must be followed? What policies govern these decisions?
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