Sex Ed in Schools: Increasingly Dangerous for Kids
Maryland lawmakers want 'affirmative consent' in sexual activity for children as young as age 11
New legislation in the state of Maryland would require the public schools to teach a “yes means yes” standard for sexual consent. This would instruct kids as young as in the seventh grade — 11 years old — about a concept called “affirmative consent” when engaging in sexual activity.
The affirmative consent measure, proposed by two state lawmakers, would define consent as “clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed and voluntary agreement between all participants to engage in each act within the course of sexual activity.”
“You obviously don’t want your children engaging in sexual activities that they’re not enthusiastic about,” said one progressive educator.
Parents, hear this: Progressive educators are aiming to take your authority away from you. Instead of keeping sex out of the schools and focusing on learning and character development, schools will now decide what is appropriate for your child to know — and do — about the most private of topics.
Maryland teachers and education officials would be required to teach affirmative consent in both seventh and 10th grades. Individual districts would be able to decide how to tailor the lessons for age-appropriateness, as reported in The Washington Post.
“We really want to flip the script on the old ways people used to talk about sex, which sometimes created a misbelief that boys should be coercing girls into something,” Democratic Montgomery County Delegate and bill co-author Ariana B. Kelly said. “As a mother with a son, I don’t want him growing up with that impression.”
Every thinking citizen knows that this measure will do nothing to "flip the script" — but instead confuse and frighten kids as young as 11.
Of note is the fact that Kelly was arrested in 2015 for indecent exposure and trespassing at the home of her ex-husband and his fiancée. According to the charging document, as The Post reported at the time, "Sanford [Kelly's ex-husband] played a cellphone video for police that showed Kelly ringing the doorbell 'numerous times,' exposing her breasts in the direction of Sanford's cellphone camera and then 'with one breast in each hand [shaking] them up and down.'" Seriously?
Under the guise of "sexual assault safety," schools are increasingly pushing the topic of sex to kids. Maryland and other states proposing such advanced sexual ideas on children might as well just make the bed for kids, then help them climb into it.
"No one has a greater influence over a child than a parent," Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician and mother of four, told LifeZette. "For the rest of her life, what you say and do will mean more to your child than what she sees a friend or coach or mentor say and do. Her attachment to you was formed from birth — and that attachment is always there in one form or another."
"Planned Parenthood maintains an agenda that children are going to be sexually active. so we just want to do a little bit of damage control. But this is platform-driven — versus giving sound medical information."
She added, "This is why you must be the one to answer your child's questions about sex. Because if you don't, the culture will. And considering the over-sexualized culture we live in today, you certainly do not want the culture teaching your child its own version of what they need to know about sex."
Affirmative-consent proponents have not come up against much resistance while trying to make it a part of sex-ed requirements, even among conservatives and local education officials, The Post reported.
Sadly, Planned Parenthood has a section of its website called "Teaching sex ed" to children. The group calls this "necessary" and "exciting." It goes on to say: "With a national network of sexuality educators, we can help you advocate for comprehensive sexual education curriculum."
Dr. Meg Meeker described the Planned Parenthood playbook on "The Laura Ingraham Show" Wednesday. "They think that children can decide whatever they want to do, and there can be no rules, and that an educator's job is to support those decisions and try to keep them 'safe,'" she explained. "That's their agenda ... here's the problem: Even the [National Institutes of Health], even the [Centers for Disease Control], will not use the language 'safe sex' or 'safer sex,' they use [the term] 'risk reduction.' But Planned Parenthood doesn't use that language."
Meeker continued, "Planned Parenthood is maintaining an agenda that children are going to be sexually active, they have the right to be sexually active, and anybody has the right to have sex with them ... no one in medical practice approaches patients that way. But this is platform-driven — versus sound medical information."
Similar to abortion, in which the Left pushes the need for unthinkable practices like late-term abortion as a response to rape (which in reality only make up a fraction of pregnancies), this Maryland consent bill attaches its premise to rape and sexual assault, using those as a vehicle for training every young kid in the topic of sexual consent.
"As a social matter, affirmative consent is a great thing — you obviously don't want your children engaging in sexual activities that they're not enthusiastic and excited about," Leigh Goodmark, who teaches a gender-violence clinic at the University of Maryland Law School, told The Post. "As a legal matter, it's much trickier."
Some parents might counter this off-base thinking by saying that they don't want their children engaging in sex at all.
Both California and New York have laws requiring colleges to use affirmative consent in weighing charges of sexual assault, according to The Post. Marice Morales, co-author of the affirmative consent bill, proposed similar measures during Maryland's last two legislative sessions, but they failed. She said she believes that changing sex education at the high school level could be just as effective in curbing sexual assault.
A retired New York state seventh- and eighth-grade teacher who now resides in Howard County, Maryland, is well aware of the actions of her liberal neighbors in Montgomery County, and uses her experience in teaching to respond to the new proposal.
"First, sexual intercourse between minors is illegal," Jean Purcell told LifeZette. "To develop a program around this is encouraging young people to engage in sex before the age of maturity. It insults students and their parents to present them with these topics when they come to school prepared to concentrate on their studies, not sex."
She added, "The obvious problem, if this is indeed about protecting children against assault, is that young children aren't able to give legal consent the way it is meant to be given. Children of age 11 are naturally agreeable — not understanding, maybe, what is being asked of them. These laws will make it more dangerous for kids, many of whom might not even know what they are consenting to. Laws like this, in collusion with organizations like Planned Parenthood, are promoting sex between children — and they should not be allowed to get away with it."
Planned Parenthood, with tens of thousands of service locations around the globe, has been at the forefront of CSE, or Comprehensive Sexual Education, a "rights-based" cradle-to-grave concept of sexuality.
"There's a lot of special interests that come together to promote this idea of sexual rights for children — for a lot of different reasons," Sharon Slater, president of FamilyWatch International, told LifeZette. "If they can sexualize children at a young age, then these children will need their services for condoms, counseling, and abortions. This is huge money in pharmaceuticals, condoms, and contraceptives, both for them [Planned Parenthood] and for other organizations."
Health educators acknowledge that students are skeptical of affirmative consent at first, noted The Post, especially the idea of asking for permission at every step of a sexual encounter.
"A lot of people push back and say, 'This is so awkward,'" Shafia Zaloom, a human sexuality teacher at the Urban School of San Francisco who has created affirmative-consent curriculum, told the publication. "But the notion that we are silent during sexual encounters is strange to me. Sex is a dialogue," she continued. "We have to be engaged and paying attention enough to honor people's desires, needs and limitations."
This is the mindset of educators we are entrusting our precious children's mental, emotional, and physical futures to. Sexual education must not be left to the schools, but handled in the home, at a pace that parents choose.
"This is why you must be the one to answer your child's questions about sex," said Meeker. "Because if you don't, the culture will. And considering the over-sexualized culture we live in today, you certainly do not want the culture teaching your child its own version of what they need to know about sex."