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By Joel Turtel

September 7, 2008

One of parents’ most important duties is to protect their children from harmful sexual values and behaviors. Yet many public schools force potentially harmful, sometimes shockingly explicit sex education on their students. Most of the time, parents have no control over the content of these classes. Occasionally, a group of parents finds out about a particularly obnoxious sex education class and protests to the principal or local school board. The class may be dropped, only to be replaced by another class that teaches equally objectionable material, again without parent’s consent. School authorities’ attitude towards parents on this issue shows their anti-parent bias, and their contempt for parent’s rights to control the values their children are taught.

Many school authorities insist that children need comprehensive sex education from kindergarten through high school. They believe parents can't be trusted because they have shameful feelings about sex or have “outdated” moral or sexual values. School authorities, claiming that they know best regarding sex education, usurp parents’ role, allegedly for the “good of the children.” In doing so, they show contempt for parents’ rights, values, and common sense.

Many sex education classes indoctrinate children with sexual values that can cause them irreparable harm. According to Christopher J. Klicka, author of “The Right Choice, Home Schooling,” sex education textbooks used in public schools throughout the country teach that any kind of sex is acceptable, including adultery, homosexuality, masturbation, and premarital sex. In effect, the textbooks preach that it’s OK for kids to engage in any kind of sex that they feel “comfortable” with. .

Horror stories about sex education classes and flagrant violations of parents’ rights confront us from around the country. Here are just a few of those stories:

On March 19, 1996, a public school in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania made 59 sixth-grade girls submit to a genital examination as part of a routine physical. The school did not ask for parental consent. During the exam, school officials blocked the exit doors and refused to let the crying and pleading young girls call their parents.

In Stephens County, Georgia, parents were shocked to discover that their fourteen and fifteen year old daughters had been driven to a birth control clinic by a public school staff member without their knowledge. The county clinic administered AIDS tests and Pap smears to the girls and gave them birth control pills and condoms. The school denied parents access to the test results and defended its actions on the grounds that the counselor believed that she was doing what was best for the girls.

The Pacific Justice Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of parents against the Novato [California] Unified School District for authorizing pro homosexual presentations without any prior notice or consent. According to the Pacific Justice Institute Press Release, “The presentations entitled “Cootie Shots,” exposed elementary school children as young as seven years old with skits containing gay and lesbian overtures. The presentations were followed by question and answer sessions about what constitutes ‘normal’ families and acceptance of those who choose the homosexual lifestyle.”

Carol (last name withheld for privacy), a schoolteacher, couldn’t believe what she was being asked to teach in her sex education class. The curriculum forced her to show second-graders pictures of nude boys and girls and ask them to name body parts. School authorities told Carol and her fellow elementary school teachers that there were no absolute moral rules, so she shouldn’t be concerned about what she had to teach the children.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, parents became furious about a comprehensive survey given to elementary school children in the Gateway School District. The five-to-ten-year-old students were asked questions regarding “forced sex, the torture of animals, the use of guns, and setting fires.” Many of the children were so upset by these questions that they became physically ill, started bed wetting, or began having nightmares. By the time these problems were brought to light, the survey had already been given to over 1,500 children in the Pittsburgh area.

A Massachusetts Department of Education employee described the pleasures of homosexual sex to a group of high school students at a state sponsored workshop on March 25, [2000] at Tufts [University], this way: “Fisting [forcing one's entire hand into another person's rectum or vagina] often gets a bad rap. . . . [It's] an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with . . . [and] to put you into an exploratory mode.”


“On March 25, [2000] the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Governor's Commission For Gay and Lesbian Youth, and GLSEN [Gay and Lesbian and Straight Education Network] co sponsored a statewide conference at Tufts University called ‘Teach Out.’ Among the goals were to build more GSAs [Gay/Straight Alliance clubs] in Massachusetts and expand homosexual teaching into the lower grades. Scores of gay friendly teachers and administrators attended. They received state ‘professional development credits.’ Teenagers and children as young as twelve were encouraged to come from around the state, and many were bused [sic] in from their home districts. Homosexual activists from across the country were also there.”

A mother was shocked and outraged when she discovered that her son had to read a novel about teenage gay pornography for his English class. The woman had enrolled her son in Newton South High School’s summer program to help prepare him for the English portion of the Massachusetts State Standardized Test. Little did she know that her son's teacher had recently bragged in a Boston Globe newspaper article how he was quietly introducing ‘gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender’ subjects into his academic high school classes.

“In this class, the teacher passed out a copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky to each child as the class’s required reading assignment, with instructions to write an essay on the book when they finished it.”

“The book is aimed at teenagers, and is told from a teenage boy's perspective. The book contains explicit references and discussion regarding: Sexual acts between teenagers, male masturbation, oral-genital sex, a great deal of profanity, male homosexual acts between teenage boys, including kissing, seduction, ‘having a crush,’ and anal sex, illegal drug use, homosexual acts between men and boys, sex between a boy and a dog, female masturbation using an object.”11

In Newton, Massachusetts, the school forced ninth-grade girls in the health classes to go to a drug store and buy condoms and practice putting them on a banana.

When parents who find out about such classes vehemently object, school authorities often arrogantly dismiss parents’ complaints. A Michigan state Senate committee studying the problem of parental consent in public schools, found:

“The treatment of parents with the temerity to object to sex education curricula also reflects a more general attitude toward the role of parents in public education today. “There is a pervasive attitude among many administrators and health educators,” the Michigan Senate committee found, “that they know best what children need. They communicate to parents that they are the professionals and the parents are unschooled amateurs.” Too often, the committee found that parents were treated as if they were an “incidental biological appendage in the raising of their children.”

I apologize to the reader for the long list of graphic horror stories. Unfortunately, the examples I listed barely touch what goes on in sex education classes throughout the country. Parents should exert their rights and make sure their local public schools are not exposing their children to such shocking sex education classes.

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Better yet, because arrogant government (public) schools have utter contempt for parents’ rights and routinely disregard parents’ complaints about sex education classes, parents should consider a better alternative for their children’s sake. They should seriously consider taking their children out of public school, permanently, and finding low-cost education alternatives such as Internet private schools, as I describe in my book “Public Schools, Public Menace.”

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Joel Turtel, author of Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children, holds a degree in Psychology. For the last ten years he has served as an Education Policy Analyst, studying the climate of today's public schools and its effect on children and parents.

Mr. Turtel has written two books, published over fifty articles, and has been interviewed in both print and broadcast media on the subject. His latest book, Public Schools, Public Menace has garnered national media attention recently, for example, Dr. Laura Schlessinger featured the book on her nationally syndicated radio show.

Joel Turtel is available to discuss his book Public Schools, Public Menace in the media, at conferences, or with individual groups. Be warned though, you may be shocked by the revelations he has uncovered in America's public-school system.

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Many school authorities insist that children need comprehensive sex education from kindergarten through high school. They believe parents can't be trusted because they have shameful feelings about sex or have “outdated” moral or sexual values.