I have no problem with parents deciding for themselves – and for their families – what they consider morally and ethically correct, appropriate and normative. That’s their job. My wife and I have our own standards, which are not shared by all of our friends, but all of us respect each other’s different points of view and do our best to accommodate them, in the interests of getting along.
Sadly, this is exactly the opposite approach to that taken by progressive leftist extremists, who appear determined to foist their perspective upon children from every walk of life – whether or not their parents approve. The Federalist reports that a new initiative seeks to radically revise school sex-education syllabi according to politically correct thought.
Last year, three leftist nonprofits created the National Sex Education Standards, a blueprint for the “sex education” of K-12 children. In practice, the standards serve as an indoctrination camp in extremist sexual ethics designed to destroy children’s innocence and undermine their attachment to the traditional, Judeo-Christian understanding of sex and marriage.
About 40 percent of school districts had adopted the earlier, less extreme 2011 version of the National Sexuality Education Standards, according to the Centers of Disease Control in a 2016 report. The new standards are radically more extreme.
The 2020 standards unequivocally endorse abortion at any time, teach the topic starting in sixth grade, and even force teachers to provide information on local abortion clinics to students in ninth grade. The standards also insist that children must be allowed to choose their own gender and false pronouns must “be respected by the adults in their lives.”
Kindergartners learn about gender identity, and third graders learn that gender is on a spectrum, about “the role of hormone blockers” for transgender youth, and how to “explain” masturbation. Sixth graders — ages eleven and twelve — must define oral, anal, and vaginal sex as well as the benefits of withdrawing one’s penis before ejaculation during intercourse and how to use dental dams during oral sex.
There’s more at the link. It’s hardly comfortable reading, but it’s essential to understand the threat to our children’s upbringing.
Of course, books and literature are being co-opted as weapons in the culture wars. In Virginia, an organization called Toxic Schools is campaigning against the use of pornographic and otherwise inappropriate materials in schools. They point out:
At a recent Fairfax County School Board meeting, a concerned citizen showed a graphic novel aimed at teen readers that she found in the high school library. Turns out it was also available in many other Virginia high schools. It contained images that were pornographic. She was shut down by the school board.
Fairfax County Public Schools set up committees to review the books and decide whether to continue to stock those books. Here’s what they are not doing:
- They aren’t examining how these books made it into the libraries in the first place.
- They aren’t holding anyone responsible for making the decision to make these books available.
- They aren’t reviewing the schools for similar, inappropriate books and materials.
What else is going wrong in public schools?
An attempt by Toxic Schools to run a 30-second advertisement, showing exactly what sort of pornography was being foisted upon children in Virginia, was blocked by local TV stations, who would only show a “blurred” version of it, omitting the offensive material. The organization has made the uncensored version available on its Web site. I urge you to click over there and take a look, so that you’re fully informed of what’s being done to our kids by the powers that be.
I suggest that, as writers, we should not allow ourselves to be conscripted into this culture war. Instead, let’s be proactive by volunteering. Let’s produce books that incorporate a more wholesome approach, one that isn’t (and can’t be) used as a propaganda club with which to beat others over the head. Let’s accentuate the positive and, not ignore the negative, but relegate it to the trash heap of human consciousness that it deserves. Let’s also encourage our kids to read that sort of material, and discuss the politically correct claptrap with them so that they’re able to recognize how it’s trying to manipulate them. Forewarned is forearmed – and not foreplay!
That’s my thought, anyway. What say you?