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In the United States, parents are concerned that Minnesota’s Richfield Public School District is promoting a sex education program that involves straight students playing same-sex roles and teaching children anal sex. Would you allow your children to attend such sex education classes?
Activists spoke against a sex education program used in a Minnesota school district that asks students to role-play same-sex and transgender relationships, and allegedly exposes children to explicit sexual content.
“This type of education has no place in our schools,” said a Child Protection League member at a Richfield school board meeting last week.
The sexuality education program in question is called “3R”, meaning “rights, respect, responsibility”. 3R is a sex education program that includes information on gay sex, transgender, abortion and more.
As part of education on consent and the prevention of abuse, the 3Rs directed Have students pair up and play the role of various relationship scenarios. One of the tasks has a student pretending to be called “Morgan” and he is very active in the school’s LGBTQ + community, while another student plays the role of “Terence”, a gay man from Morgan’s lover’s closet. In the role play, Morgan schedules a secret date with Terence, and it is suggested that the students “make a decision on whether to have sex.”
Another of the scenarios features college students pretending to be transgender and deciding to have sex with a woman.
As part of 3R’s sex education program, heterosexual students are invited to act out homosexual and transgender relationships / Reuters
The teacher’s textbook includes a note that says straight boys might “have a homophobic response” when asked to play the role of same-sex relationships.
“If this is happening in your classroom, it is important to stop what you are doing, notice the interaction, and ask class members to think about what is happening and why,” the program reads. .
“Bring students back to the ground rules of your classroom – and strengthen the agreement to be respectful – and that making homophobic comments is not respectful. “
The 3RS program also includes lessons on anal sex for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. While for this age group the subject is taught in the context of HIV prevention, by the time students are in the upper grades, anal sex is regularly discussed alongside vaginal and oral sex as one. normal options for intercourse.
The Minnesota School District case quickly rose to the top of the social media agenda and sparked heated debate about the appropriateness of such an approach to sex education.
While some users have expressed bitter criticism, others have expressed their warm support for progressive sex education.
“Queering” of public schools
A new trend is gaining momentum in public education in the United States. Its aim is to replace the traditional understanding of heterosexuality.
According to a study by Manhattan Institute for Policy Research – a famous American think tank – proponents of the “queer theory”, which has permeated public schools since the 1990s, view notions of “natural sexual or gender identity” as a violation of individual freedom – the freedom to experience one’s sexuality at one’s own pace. as you wish. As a result, new school decision makers in the United States tend to encourage children to experiment with their sexuality.
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Are American Public Schools Queered? / José Maria Sava via Unsplash
The main players in the promotion of these ideas in public schools are civil rights and educational organizations like The human rights campaign, THANK YOU and GLSEN. The GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network) focuses on developing guidelines to promote the LGBTQ + program in public schools, holds seminars and conferences for both students and educators, and launches campaigns on a large scale on social networks.
Many GLSEN activities and practices are considered questionable by American parents. For example, a teacher in Ohio supporting GLSEN activities asked her freshmen to read Entries from a bright pink notebook that included illustrations with two 14-year-old boys having sex.
Meanwhile at California, one of the most LGBTQ + friendly states in the United States, during an AIDS education class at Hale Middle School in Los Angeles, “12-year-olds were subjected to graphic descriptions of anal sex and to tips on how to get rid of used condoms so that parents don’t find out.Irreversible damage
Recent research by The Heritage Foundation documents a growing concern among parents about the effectiveness of the 3Rs sex education program, as well as the effects it can have on their children.
Parents express concerns about the effects of the 3Rs program on their children’s understanding of gender and psychological health / Harry Quan via Unsplash
“Programs like the 3Rs are not effective,” Julie Quist, a member of the Child Welfare League board of directors, said at a Richfield school board meeting last week.
“The Research and Evaluation Institute conducted an in-depth study of the effectiveness of programs like this one. Out of 60 school-based studies, no credible evidence of efficacy was found for a lasting reduction in teenage pregnancies or STDs. There was no evidence of effectiveness in increasing consistent condom use. Failure rates included 88% failure to delay adolescent sexual initiation and 94% failure to reduce unprotected sex. 12% of these programs found significant negative effects on adolescent sexual health and / or risky behavior.
Other research efforts suggest that in addition to being ineffective, a progressive sex education program can have negative consequences for the psychological health of adolescents.
A study by Lisa Littman, an academic at Brown University, demonstrates the growth of rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) in adolescents. Rapid onset dysphoria is a mental state that involves adolescents, who initially feel comfortable with their gender, suddenly identifying as transgender.
Indeed, In recent years, the number of children identifying as transgender has risen sharply in the United States and other Western countries. In addition, the number of children and adult women seeking a surgical gender transition has increased. skyrockets. The first clinic for transgender youth in the United States was founded in Massachusetts in 2007. Since then, 40 more specialist medical centers have opened to help teens “embrace their real selves”.
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While gender reassignment may be the right solution for some teens, it can also lead to personal tragedy. This was the case with Keira Bell from the UK. As a teenager, Keira underwent several rounds of hormone therapy and had her breasts removed, but then changed her mind about changing her gender. However, the changes in her body could no longer be reversed: not only did she look like a man, she also couldn’t have children.
Part of the reason for the epidemic of rapid onset gender dysphoria in adolescents, according to Lisa Lippman, is peer pressure and heavy use of social media. However, educational and therapeutic organizations also have a huge role to play. Dr Lipman believes that these organizations encourage every whim of a child when it comes to gender identity. Schools have on-site clinics keen to provide students with an irreversible gender transition, and therapists are ready to give 12-year-old girls puberty blockers on first request.
As for the results of gender transitions, many parents interviewed by Lisa Littman said their children’s transgender identity was linked to mental health issues and heavy use of social media. At the same time, many parents reported that their children’s mental state and social adjustment deteriorated after their release.
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