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A MUST SEE: Oregon's 2nd Revision of Proposed K-12 Health/Sex Ed Standards

A MUST SEE: Oregon's 2nd Revision of Proposed  K-12 Health/Sex Ed Standards
The Oregon Department of Education has recently shared it's proposed 2nd draft version of K-12 comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) standards. These proposed K-12 Oregon health/sex ed standards are indicative of what the Oregon Department of Education is expecting teachers and administrators to discuss and expose to children in the classroom; concepts that parents and guardians have NOT given school district's permission to do so. Take a look at SOME EXAMPLES of the draft 2nd revision of K-12 sex education "standards". http://parentsrightsined.net/perch/resources/examples-of-nov-2016-draft-health-education-standards-and-performance-indicators-2nd-review-ii.pdf. It is important for school district leaders and residents of the community to find out what EXACT CURRICULUM will be used, what SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS/COMMUNITY RESOURCES will be recommended, and what TRAINING will be promoted to both teachers and students? Is the K-12 CSE program, plan of instruction and materials developmentally appropriate, medically and scientifically accurate, and promoting sexual risk avoidance? Is there strong bias and ideology embedded in it? If so, how fair is this? REMEMBER, in Oregon, your child's school board has the final vote on what K-12 comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, training and resources will (and will not) be used on school property (ORS 332.072).

Hookups’, ‘Friends With Benefits’, ‘Open or Poly Relationships’: Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force Promoting Teen Sexual Health?

Hookups’, ‘Friends With Benefits’, ‘Open or Poly Relationships’:  Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force Promoting Teen Sexual Health?
Oregonians want to know why the Attorney General’s Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force (OSATF) has chosen to showcase Scarleteen as a credible resource in which to promote sexual health and sexual violence prevention in Oregon public schools. On October 10, 2016, the OSATF held a statewide Summit in Portland Oregon titled “Sexual Health Promotion and Sexual Violence Prevention: Connecting the Dots”. Heather Corinna, Director of Scarleteen (http://www.scarleteen.com/), an organization and website which provides “sexuality, sexual health and relationship information” to young people, did the closing plenary at this October 10th Summit. EXAMPLES OF CONTENT PROMOTED ON SCARLETEEN WEBSITE: Scarleteen E-Cards (http://www.scarleteen.com/ecards) Scarleteen's One-Stop Safer Sex Shop (http://www.scarleteen.com/condom_shop) The Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force was on the steering committee of the controversial Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference; a conference which was canceled in 2015 due to exposing minors to pornographic, unsafe and potentially illegal content.

Elementary School Exposes Kids to Depictions of Graphic Sex Acts - School Board and Parents Blindsided

Elementary School Exposes Kids to Depictions of Graphic Sex Acts - School Board and Parents Blindsided
On April 14, 2016, Portland, Oregon’s KPTV Channel 12 broke a story that 9 year-old students at a Rainier, Oregon elementary school were given access to “It’s Perfectly Normal”, a book using graphics to instruct students in sexual intercourse and masturbation. The Rainier School District (RSD) claims that...the eleven-year-old's “accidentally left the books out” where a 4th grade class found and read them. Parents and guardians want to know what district policy allows this book to be used and sanctions school personnel to direct students to a book which depicts individuals masturbating or engaging in sexual intercourse? This book is contentious (around the nation) because of issues of nudity, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group and allegations that it’s child pornography, yet the school district approved the purchase and use of “It’s Perfectly Normal” books.The District Superintendent stated that “It’s Perfectly Normal” is on the Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) state approved list. It should be noted that the controversial Adolescent Sexuality Conference was also approved by the ODE and touted as “in compliance with state standards”. This conference indisputably exposed minors as young as eleven to pornography and other unsafe content. Is showing cartoon depictions of children masturbating and adults engaging in sexual intercourse any more "suitable" for 9 or 11 elementary students...than if they were shown actual photos of these behaviors? School district's must be held to account and justify such a decision. Parents and guardians can contact their board members and let them know that a book such as "It's Perfectly Normal" is not perfectly okay as part of their children’s school education.

CONDOMS TO SIXTH GRADERS OR NOT? Gervais, OR

CONDOMS TO SIXTH GRADERS OR NOT? Gervais, OR
They were going to get them. Then they weren't. Are they again? By Joe English, KATU News May 21, 2015. "It's difficult to tell if the Gervais School Board will shift gears again and decide to make condoms available not only to high schoolers in the little district near Salem, but to kids in sixth, seventh and eighth grades too. Last May the district decided giving condoms to kids as young as 11 or 12 may help curb the teen pregnancy problem in the district. Last summer, there was a change of plans. The district decided the middle schools kids would not get them. Now, there are some questions about whether the district will try it again."

Condoms to Sixth Graders is Back!

Condoms to Sixth Graders is Back!
Oregon’s rural Gervais School District located fifteen minutes from Oregon’s capitol city of Salem appears to be drafting, once again, a policy which would include distributing condoms to students as young as 6th grade. This despite last year’s June 2014 community outcry that caught state and national attention which eventually led to the Board making a July announcement that the policy would not be implemented. Why the turnabout now? The Gervais School District appears to be moving forward on their efforts to adopt their “Health Resource Room and Services, Sexual Health Policy” which would include condom distribution. This could happen as soon as their Thursday, May 21st 6:00 p.m. board meeting. *Go to "Resources" and scroll down to bottom of page to view the GERVIS School District (DRAFT) Health Resource Room and Service, Sexual Health Policy - p.1-3

Oregon Healthy Teens Survey: 'There are concerning questions'

Oregon Healthy Teens Survey: 'There are concerning questions'
"Middle school students will soon be answering some pretty intimate questions in a survey conducted by the Oregon Health Authority. The survey features questions like "Do you think of yourself as lesbian or gay?” or "During the past three months, how many people did you have sexual intercourse with?" Some parents say a survey that covers these topics is needed, while others are not thrilled. "We're very concerned about the trespassing on the hearts and minds of children,” said Lori Porter. February 27, 2015 KATU Reports: Healthy Teens Survey - There are concerning questions

KOIN 6 Further Investigates Claim That Teen Sex Conference Keeps Kids Safe

KOIN 6 Further Investigates Claim That Teen Sex Conference Keeps Kids Safe
Oregon's Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton DEFENDED the Oregon Department of Education's (ODE) involvement with the Adolescent Sexuality Conference (ASC). Shocking details of this Seaside conference were revealed in a November 18, 2014 KOIN 6 Investigative Report. Parents' Rights in Education wants to know how Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton came to the conclusion that the ASC content (such as from Cory Silverberg) promotes "healthy sexuality". View a follow-up February 17, 2015 KOIN 6 Investigative Report where ODE Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton claims Cory Silverberg's Adolescent Sexuality Conference workshop "Teledildonics" and the content Silverberg shared was intended to keep kids "safe and healthy". In this investigation, a young attendee shared that, “It [Cory Silverberg's workshop 'Teledildonics'] was nothing about warning people this is a bad idea or maybe not good for minors. It was all about how to do it, and there’s no confusing that fact.” Listen to the audio of Cory Silverberg's Teledildonics workshop and see for yourself!

Oregon Department of Education Defends Content Delivered at Seaside Sex Conference

Oregon Department of Education Defends Content Delivered at Seaside Sex Conference
Shortly after fifteen of the sixteen Oregon school districts (featured on KOIN 6 Nov. 18, 2014 investigative report) were reported to have announced that they would not be sending students to the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality (ASC) Conference, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton wrote a letter to the superintendents of these districts. Saxton’s letter stated,"we have reviewed the content delivered by the presenters at the conference and believe their information was appropriate”. This, despite substantiated evidence of objectionable materials and content presented at the 2014 ASC conference. Most parents agree discussions of “blow jobs”, workshops on how to use sex toys over the internet or have sex with Avatars, and performing simulated sex acts with grossly inflated and lubricated condoms is not appropriate for minors. These ASC workshops were indiscriminately accessible to individuals of all age groups.

Is it the job of public schools to determine "what" your child is?

There is a line that should not be crossed. You entrust your child to the care of your district teachers and leaders each and every time they step into the halls of the school. Teaching is not an easy profession, but can be extremely rewarding; educators supporting the efforts of parents and guardians by teaching children skills and knowledge that will hopefully help them have a healthy and happy life. But growing up can be difficult. It can be confusing. Children are impressionable and vulnerable. We all know this and that is why we expect adults to protect them. Protecting is one thing. Trespassing on the heart of YOUR child is quite a different matter. Is it the role of the public school to "guide" your child in discovering "what" they are (ie: transexual, cisgender, heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual, questioning, asexual, pansexual, transgender, polysexual, etc.)? Will their counsel honor your rights as a parent, your values and beliefs, and your ability to protect your child's mind and heart? When a line is crossed, this means an individual has trespassed. Telling a child "what" they are IS a form of trespassing. Oregonians, be on the look out when you see curriculum, events, "celebrations" that are crossing the line of education and moving into a territory that should be OFF LIMITS. WITH RESPECTFUL RESOLVE, SPEAK UP! Do not allow your child's mind and heart be led down a road that leaves you standing on the sidelines.

This is Considered "Comprehensive Sexuality Education"?

Would your local school board enjoy engaging in a public discussion about sex on top or bloody faced men liking sex "every day of the month"? As unlikely as this is, parents and guardians must understand that a growing amount of children, in Oregon and across the country, are being subjected to "comprehensive sexuality education" content that is vastly overreaching and intrusive. Below is an example where parents/guardians in California became outraged when such material was presented to their children.
"...Perhaps the most shocking and inappropriate photo, the pedagogical value of which is unclear, was a picture of a man with a bloody face accompanied by a caption saying, “A real man loves his woman every day of the month.”
One School’s ‘Horrific’ Sex-Ed Photos Are Outraging Parents; Jun. 8, 2014 8:21am; Zach Noble; The Blaze Here in Oregon, K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education is "mandated" by the state, but this does NOT condone content where "anything goes". Your local school district needs to proceed with great caution when updating its sex ed policy and in selecting their "district approved" curricula. Even if curriculum or programs are packaged as "medically accurate", "best practice", or "research-based", this does not automatically deem the content "academically excellent"; honest scrutiny, accountability, and clear rationale for its approval must be required.
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