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One Man’s Curriculum Is Another Man’s Criminality


According to the news report embedded above, a poster a Kansas City Catholic parish put up in its CCD (Sunday school) classroom said, in part:


Oral sex
Anal sex
Touching each other’s genitals
Vaginal intercourse

There was more, but you get the idea. What kind of institution exposes middle schoolers to this kind of thing?

Surprise! It’s not a Catholic parish, but a public school. From the news report

Her dad initially assumed it was a student prank, until he called the school and found  it was part of the curriculum.

“Why would you put it in front of 13-year-old students?” he asked.

He thought the poster, which lists things like “oral sex” and “grinding,” might’ve been a prank until he contacted the school principal. He was told it was a teaching material. But Ellis is now concerned that what’s on this poster is being taught to his daughter in school

“It upsets me. And again, it goes back to who approved this? You know this had to pass through enough hands that someone should have said, ‘Wait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program,’” he said.

District spokeswoman, Leigh Anne Neal, says the poster needs to be viewed in the context of a bigger curriculum, which she calls abstinence-based for students in middle school.

“The poster that you reference is actually part of our middle school health and science materials, and so it is a part of our district approved curriculum,” Neal said. “However the item is meant to be part of a lesson, and so certainly as a standalone poster without the context of a teacher led discussion, I could see that there might be some cause for concern.”

To be clear, nobody is objecting to sex ed per se; it’s the specifics of the content here that appall. Says WhollyRoamin’, the reader who sent this item to me:

If this poster hung in a rectory, it would mean jail time. But when it hangs in a classroom, it means curriculum.

And this isn’t from the liberal fringes of California, it’s from the “safe” “conservative” suburbs of Kansas City.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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