Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender

by Christine Kalmbach

9th grade students at a California high school are being taught sex education by Planned Parenthood unbeknownst to parents! Planned Parenthood’s devious, back-door methods to get to our children shows up this time at Acalanes High School.

See more on this article from Perry Chiaramonte at Fox News:

Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.

Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a “genderbread” person for lessons in gender identity.

“[Parents] are very concerned,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal organization that is assisting the concerned parents, told FoxNews.com. “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young people first.

“They get more grants from the promiscuity of children,” he added. “The material they have provided was material that mirrored their agenda.”

It was the parents of ninth-graders at Acalanes that started raising questions after their children told them one instructor threw a model of female reproductive organs at one student and that many felt the sessions were pressuring them to have sex.

“Some of the kids were distracted because it was divergent from what they were taught at home,” Dacus said.

Acalanes Union School District officials told the institute the class was not taught by teachers but rather the staff from a local Planned Parenthood in nearby Walnut Creek.

Included in the materials provided to students were documents and worksheets that included a checklist entitled, “Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?” in which the 13 and 14-year-old students are asked questions such as if they have water–based lubricants and condoms and if they could handle a possible infection or pregnancy. Another worksheet reads like a how-to on obtaining consent from a possible sexual partner and offers possible statements like “Do you want to go back to my place?” and “Is it OK if I take my pants off?”

They were also taught about gender identity with the “Genderbread Person,” a play on the name of the holiday cookie, to teach them on how to identify themselves as either, “agender,” “bigender,” and “two spirit” to name a few.

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Have you ever seen something so ridiculous?! How many students think they are “non-gendered” or are attracted to “nobody”?! When you go to the doctor, you check off “male” or “female” on a health form. Why would Planned Parenthood want to confuse students? Because this is another way for them to make money. If they can get students to try sex with whomever, then they can make more money on testing them for Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases and also on birth control and abortions. Planned Parenthood does not care about our children’s emotional and mental well-being, let alone protecting them from physical illness and bad health. Students at the high school were also given worksheets called a “Sex Check”  and “Making Consent Clear“! You will have to see them to believe the audacity of Planned Parenthood! See the rest of the article here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/14/parents-angry-after-school-tells-13-year-olds-can-have-sex-choose-gender/

Heritage Community Services, in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services, presents Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Training

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By Christine Kalmbach

After an objective review by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Sexual Risk Avoidance abstinence curriculum, Heritage Keepers, has been approved and found effective in delaying sexual initiation among youth. The curriculum is offered by Heritage Community Services located in Charleston, SC.

The rigorous program design involved 2,215 youth in 7-9th grades. Findings showed that those receiving the Heritage Keepers curriculum were significantly less likely to initiate sex than a comparison group at the 12 months follow-up.  The study reports,  “Sexual experience increased from 29.1% to 33.7% for the program participants, and from 29.2% to 43.2% among the comparison group.”

Information about Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education:

  • It is the only A-H consistent abstinence-until-marriage program recognized by the US HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) on their list of the 31 proven-effective evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • It has been reviewed by US Office of Population Affairs, Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and approved for medical accuracy.
  • Additionally, in September 2013, the Medical Institute for Sexual Health also reviewed and approved the curriculum for medical accuracy.
  • In September 2013, the National Abstinence Education Association reviewed and approved the curriculum for meeting the federal Title V, Section 510 A-H requirements for abstinence education.
  • The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for being inclusive and non-stigmatizing towards LGBTQ youth.
  • The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for compliance with federal regulations prohibiting support of programs that promote religion or abortion.
  • The curriculum is compliant with the SC Comprehensive Health Education Act and compliant with SC Health Standards

Extensive behavioral studies indicate that a year after Heritage Keepers®, program students initiated sex at a rate 67% lower than well-matched non-program students. This particular study was of 2,215 students in 41 SC schools, and the population of the study was 63% African American. Strong program outcomes have been found across age, gender and race in rural, urban and suburban settings.

“It is important to understand what works in empowering youth to eliminate the risks of teen sexual activity. The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is committed to promoting research that can inform this goal. We congratulate Heritage Community Services on their success in impacting the lives and sexual health of youth, “ stated Valerie Huber, Executive Director of  NAEA.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is offering FREE Heritage Services training with your reservation (space is limited).

Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

Agenda/Topics Covered

Tuesday

Introduction to Evidence-Based Programs, Levels of Intervention, Psychosocial Mediators, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Behavior Change Model, Emotional Intelligence, Hardwired to Connect, Emotional Life of Boys, Social Intelligence, Self Efficacy, Primal Leadership, Biology of Love, Denial-Cultural and Personal, Benefits of Marriage, Impact of Fathers, Monitoring Fidelity, and Evaluation

Wednesday

Curriculum Overview of Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education, Rationale and Predictors of Abstinence, Values and Goals, Dice Game, Anatomy, Birth Video, Sex is Like Fire, Marriage Fireplace, STD Presentation, STD/Pink Water Demonstration, Role-Plays, Love-Lust-Infatuation, Perfect Person to Date vs. Perfect Spouse, SAFE Plan, Imagine Your Wedding, Commitment Cards 

Thursday
Application of theory and methodology to the curriculum

Who should attend?

Public and private school educators, youth leaders, community agencies that serve youth, youth and family  counselors, health providers and advocates, parent leaders, and those in related fields.
Seating is Limited!

HB2 & SB1…”My Sex Organs”…

By Christine Kalmbach

Some may have heard about Katie Heim, an Austinite, who read her testimony -a poem to the Texas State legislators.  The poem, a slant on the gun issue in which she compares her vagina to a gun.

“If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights,
You would ride on buses and fight all the fights.
If my vagina was a gun, you would treat it with care,
You wouldn’t spill all its secrets because, well, why go there.
If my vaginas was a gun, you’d say what it holds is private
From cold dead hands we could pry, you surely would riot.
If my vagina was a gun, its rights would all be protected,
no matter the body count or the children affected.
If my vagina was a gun, I could bypass security,
concealed carry laws would ensure I’d have impunity.
If my vagina was a gun, I wouldn’t have to beg you,
I could hunt this great land and do all the things men do.
But my vagina is not a gun, it is a mightier thing,
With a voice that rings true making lawmakers’ ears ring.
Vaginas are not delicate, they are muscular and magic,
So stop messing with mine, with legislation that’s tragic.
My vagina’s here to demand from the source,
Listen to the voices of thousands or feel their full force.”

You can read the article here: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/07/09/abortion-activist-reads-sick-poem-to-texas-panel-if-my-vagina-was-a-gun/

So, I thought, I would write a poem based on the consequences of premarital sex and abortion and the choice of choosing life!

“My Sex Organs” by Christine Kalmbach

If “my sex organs” were the most important thing,
what a delusion in my mind that would bring!
If “my sex organs” were the only thing that mattered,
how sad that my body and life would be so shattered!
If “my sex organs” were only for my pleasure,
then whatever my love wants, I would never treasure!
If “my sex organs” were only used for my desires,
then I could use others, hurt them and be a liar!
If “my sex organs” were to be used by others,
there’s no love, no joy, only abuse that smothers.
If “my sex organs” have a right over others to kill,
then life is snuffed out ‘cause I just took a pill!
If “my sex organs” were used whenever and wherever outside of marriage,
premarital sex gives lies, broken hearts and the hurt is a huge miscarriage!
If “my sex organs” held a secret, even at first, from me,
what if I aborted my daughter, who could have helped heal me?
If “my sex organs” were only MY right,
then I could murder and exterminate a life without any fight!

If “my sex organs” were seen as holy and sacred,
women and girls wouldn’t spew lies and hatred.
If “my sex organs” weren’t used by movies and TV,
then people wouldn’t be acting out in promiscuity!
If “my sex organs” were for the honor of Christ,
I would live a life of no regrets, for He paid the ultimate price!
If “my sex organs” were given respect and honor,
then my man would always love me and never be a goner.
If “my sex organs” were saved and protected for love,
there would be no disease and no need for a glove!
If “my sex organs” were meant to create life,
then one day I could have a husband, be a mom and a wife!
If “my sex organs” were to give me and my husband pleasure,
the total joy and bonding I could never fully measure!
If “my sex organs” were to one day to create a family,
then baby on the way would make us 3!
If “my sex organs” were uniquely created just for me,
I would be a treasured and precious gift of Thee!

We hear that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare”, however, in reality pro-death supporters want abortion on demand, “anytime, any place and paid by you-the American taxpayer”.   Planned Parenthood has paid supporters to come in and protest at the State Capitol. Texas HB2 and SB1 will ensure that abortion clinics are held to the highest standards, doctors will be trained and accountable and that no infant over 20 weeks can be killed or exterminated like a roach.  The pro-death supporters are all about women’s rights but they don’t recognize the right to life for everyone.  When did women become so out of touch with their maternal instinct and the desire to protect that life growing inside of them?  Are exceptions made for rape, incest and abnormalities? Yes, but again isn’t life about living and haven’t doctors been wrong in some diagnoses? Why punish a child for something they are completely innocent of?  Every person alive today, had at the very least a pro-life mom!

We strongly encourage parents to educate their children about how God created life and how life is to be respected and honored (and how they are a gift), then abortion will no longer be needed or at the very least be truly “rare”! Please contact your Texas State Senator and let them know you support SB1. They will vote on it on Friday, 7/12/13! http://www.senate.state.tx.us/

If you want to know more about local issues on sex education/curriculum, Planned Parenthood, protecting your children, Student Health Advisory Committees in your school district, Texas and federal legislation, then sign up for Texas Parents Care alerts and updates.

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When in Doubt, Opt Out

According to the Texas Education Code, parents have the right to know what is being taught in Human Sexuality instruction and to remove their child without consequences.  (See Texas Education Code excerpt at the bottom.)

If the school sends an Opt-Out form home, what do parents do with it?  What thought process goes into whether or not to include a child in the Human Sexuality instruction that has been chosen by the school district?

The current Evaluation criteria that parents use to decide whether or not to Opt-Out their student seems to  include: trust in school district, peer pressure, and apathy.

Trust: The trend seems to be that Parents trust the School Districts to provide appropriate instruction.  A School District may host Parent Forums for the curriculum where parent attendance levels fluctuate sometimes based on the trust level in the district.  Occasionally, a Parent might go to the Library to view the Curriculum in detail.  But in general, Parents seem to trust that the district is providing adequate and age-appropriate instruction.

Peer Pressure: Parents feel especially compelled to not opt-out their children because of Peer Pressure.  Our children do not want to be singled out and parents don’t want to be the responsible party in causing any undue stress on our children.  Somehow after all of these years of teaching our children to withstand peer pressure in other areas such as drugs and alcohol, we give in to the ultimate fear of being different when it comes to communal sex education.

Apathy: Apathy is the strongest power that School Districts have when it comes to our children.  Parents are too busy and too distracted to take the time to really think through whether the instruction is appropriate for our unique children and their individual maturity level.

The Opt-Out Process is full of inefficiencies without any guarantee or comfort for a discerning parent.  The student is supposed to bring home a form in a timely manner.  If a parent decides to Opt-Out their child, the form has to successfully arrive back at the school and the instructor must honor the parent’s request.  The default is that the student receives the instruction.

The Parent’s Opt-Out is too often overruled.  Teachers do not always perform the due diligence to check the forms.  Students are sometimes even given the option to stay in the room even though their parents signed the Opt-Out.  There are no consequences for the teachers or students if the parent said ‘no’ in cases when the school actually delivered the lesson.  The school could just say that they lost the form or that it wasn’t delivered.  There is no accountability in this process.

Students that currently Opt-Out are sometimes given more book work than the students that actually go through the class.  In some cases, instruction is reduced from 10 days to 4 days, but the book work is for the full 10 days.  Most of the work would be considered ‘busy work’ and sometimes includes quiz and test reviews with threats of a quiz or test at the end.  Students not only feel singled out, but they feel like the Opt-Out is a punishment.

The 83rd Texas Legislature is considering an Opt-In process.  In fact, at this time SB 521 still includes the Opt-In.  The default process would be that these students would not receive any Human Sexuality instruction at school.  The assumption is that at-risk students would not return the forms and would not receive any instruction at home.  Sex Educators worry that at-risk students could miss out on a beneficial program due to the irresponsible behavior by the student or the non-participation by the parent.  Declarations that this would shut down Sex Education completely are an exaggeration.

The Opt-In process actually makes a parent stop, read, and think about whether they agree with what is being taught and maybe even do some research.  If a District wants to encourage Parental involvement, the Opt-In process is the strongest indicator of a desired partnership between the District and Parents.  The truth is that Parents sign forms for their children all the time, particularly at elementary and middle school levels.  When a student enrolls in Health class in High School, one parental consent form is reasonable and should be expected.

To make an informed decision, parents should be provided as much information as possible.  Parents should evaluate the Curriculum Material, the Instructor that will be delivering the Material, and the Peer Group that will be present during the Presentation.

Material: The School District is required to make the material available for public inspection.  Many School Districts keep the documentation in the School Library for Parents to review.  Some curricula are available online to review and even more have reviews available.  The Parents should discern the source of the reviews and financial backing of such Material.  Many curricula available are backed by Planned Parenthood.  Is it alarming to parents that an Abortion Provider would be supplying the Human Sexuality material to their children?  What message would this group provide a student?  Is it abstinence based or comprehensive sex education?  The possible questions and research criteria for Parents are another topic altogether.  But Parents should seek to understand as much as possible about the source of the Material.  Each District in the State of Texas should have a School Health Advisory Council that makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  Parents can seek out other Parents that are on the Council to understand what Curriculum is taught and how the District determined its appropriateness.

Instructor: Parents need to know and understand who is teaching the material.  Sex Education is Character Education.  If the curriculum is supposed to Abstinence-Only, is the instructor able to deliver a compelling message for Abstinence?  We recently heard about a P.E. Coach providing Abstinence-Only instruction while wearing ‘Jersey Shore’ sweatpants.  Children are smart.  We should never underestimate the effect of a contradictory message during such an important subject.

Peer Group: Many programs have interactive discussions.  Some programs are merely instruction using anonymous note cards for questions.  The Instructor’s guidance through this discussion is an important part of a Parents decision.  Does the Instructor read/entertain every question or is discretion built into the program and presentation?  Parents should be aware of the Peer Group that is in the room for the instruction.

An Opt-Out process is made efficient when the Parent signs the form and the Instructor sends a notification to the Parent acknowledging receipt and intent to honor the request.  I wrote ‘Please confirm receipt’ at the bottom of my child’s Opt-Out form and received such acknowledgement.  This ‘closed loop’ Opt-Out provided me with peace of mind until I learned that my child was the only student that had been singled out in the entire grade.

My hope is that discerning parents do not give in to blind trust, peer pressure, and apathy.  We should all know without any doubt that the instruction that is being provided is exactly what our child needs at that time in his/her life.  But…

When in Doubt, Opt Out.

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Ask School Board Trustee Candidates to Support SB 521 and HB 1057

Consider asking your School Board candidates up for election this Spring if they support SB 521 and HB 1057.  SB521 and HB 1057 prohibit abortion providers and affiliates from providing Human Sexuality curriculum and instruction in Texas schools.   WHY would they be opposed to it?

We are not against sex education.  We believe that there are no reasons that abortion providers or their affiliates should be in Texas schools.  In fact, if these organizations providing the curricula were not associated with abortion providers, then WHY do they oppose the bill?

We urge you to support Senate Bill 521 and House Bill 1057.  Please tell your Senator and Representative!!!

At the minimum, ask your School Board Trustees to adopt local policy that would prohibit abortion providers and affiliates from providing instruction or materials to District schools.

Georgetown ISD: SIECUS and TFN’s Next Target?

Looks like Georgetown ISD is next –

4/10/2013 Wednesday Update in the Williamson County Sun posted –

“Major changes could be in store for Georgetown ISD’s sex education program, a member of a citizens committee tasked with reviewing the curriculum said this week. Former Mayor MaryEllen Kersch, who sits on the committee, said the increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in Georgetown from 2007 to 2011 shows that public schools are failing to properly educate teenagers about safe sex. The number of cases of Chlamydia and gonorrhea in the city’s two largest zip codes jumped during that period from 112 to 174, according to data provided to the citizens committee. Officials said that increase cannot be attributed to population growth alone.”

Georgetown ISD currently uses Scott & White’s Worth the Wait Curriculum in the Middle Schools.  The 6th graders receive the age appropriate version in their PE classes while 7th and 8th graders receive the instruction in Science.  All instruction is done by Georgetown ISD teachers and coaches.

The accusations that are being made against the current curriculum follows the pattern of many Districts in Texas as the Texas Freedom Network’s SHAC Initiative is being executed to ‘advocate change for sex ed’ in Texas.  The concerns also follow the SIECUS Community Action Toolkit recommendations.

Most likely discussions in the Georgetown ISD SHAC have resembled some or all of the following:

  • requirements of ‘evidence-based’ curriculum,
  • demands of discussions on comprehensive sex education,
  • declarations that the current curriculum is medically inaccurate and full of factual errors, and
  • accusations that the current curriculum and any abstinence based curriculum are fear and shame based.

The Texas Freedom Network is also working very diligently to make sure that SB 521 and HB 1057 do not pass.  These bills prohibit abortion providers or affiliates from providing instruction and materials in Texas schools.  A few of the curricula that are proposed as solutions MUST have relationships with abortion providers!

 

 

Spring Branch ISD: Good Luck with that Zero Tolerance Philosophy

For the School Year 2012-2013, Spring Branch ISD implemented It’s Your Game as its Middle School Human Sexuality Curriculum and Reducing the Risk in the High Schools.  (Memorial Middle School is the only school in the District that requires an Opt-In for the Program.)

Parent Letters state “The district’s philosophy regarding substance abuse, violence, and pre-marital sexual activity is ‘Zero Tolerance.'”

With an 8th Grade Condom Step Game in It’s Your Game, how do Spring Branch ISD Parents seriously expect Students to live up to that Zero Tolerance Philosophy?  Good thing it isn’t a Policy.

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IYG Flyer, Parent Letter (page 4-5) and SHAC Minutes including Presentations