Las Vegas area parents were angry and offended earlier this week when the Clark County School Board proposed changes to elementary school sex-ed curriculum that would expose five- to eight-year-olds to different sexual preferences such as homosexuality.
The changes are being proposed in an effort to give everyone “respect regardless of who they are attracted to,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Lessons would also teach kindergartners that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals to feel good is called masturbation.”
“You want to teach my 5-year-old how to masturbate?” asked parent Julie Butler at a meeting held Monday to get community reaction to the proposals.
Curriculum changes would also teach older elementary school-age students such concepts as anal and oral sex.
“We certainly should not be teaching five-year-olds that masturbation and pleasuring one’s body is good and that a 12-year-old should know about the very details of anal and oral sex,” said one parent, according to local ABC affiliate KTNV.
And it wasn’t just the proposals that shocked parents–it was also the manner in which the “community input” meetings were set up, because they were closed-door and invitation only.
“I felt it was quite limited in scope and who was able to attend,” Nicole Luth said, according to the Review Journal, which reported:
The district long taught abstinence-only courses until 2004, reverting to an abstinence-based education since then that continues to focus on abstinence while exposing students to contraceptives and safe-sex practices if they decide to have sex.
The changes under consideration would make sex education in the nation’s fifth-largest school district a “comprehensive” sexuality model, which breaks away from the district’s long-used conservative approach that relies heavily on the promotion of abstinence.
Clark County Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky tried to calm the approximately 50 parents by asserting that the curriculum is not proposed for the district’s 357 schools.
It doesn’t seem like that many years ago that school board meetings were announced to discuss who was bringing what at the next band booster bake sale. This doesn’t seem to be much of an improvement.
Watch the news clip below via KTNV.
(h/t: EAG News)