A mother in Mt. Pleasant, SC (Charleston) took the time and effort to read the Making a Difference! sex education curriculum that her child was to receive in middle school. She wrote a very compelling letter to the editor which can be found here:
This mother says that no other reproductive health option was made available. Really?
Making A Difference! does not teach Reproductive Health Education as required by Law.
[If the school district wants a program that completely fulfills the SC Law for middle schools, the Heritage Community Services program, Heritage Keepers, has been approved for at least a decade by Charleston County School District for all middle schools and provides all except contraception for high schools. It is up to the Principal to request Heritage Keepers in a school. Parents need to ask for it by name.]
Making a Difference!, the curriculum exposed in this letter, does not fulfill the Reproductive Health requirements in the State Law, because it does not teach reproduction!!! If it did, by Law, genders would have to separated. They do not separate the boys and girls.
If Making a Difference! were to follow the Law and teach Reproductive Health Education then they have to teach “human physiology, conception, prenatal care and development, childbirth, and postnatal care” and “Abstinence and the risks associated with sexual activity outside of marriage must be strongly emphasized.” They are not teaching reproductive health as required by Law, therefore should not be touted as a reproductive health curriculum.
Teaching Pregnancy Prevention Education in middle schools is not mandated by Law. It is only at the discretion of the school board. Has the CCSD School Board voted to allow Pregnancy Prevention Education in middle schools? When? If so, then they should follow the Law.
Making a Difference! only says it is teaching “Pregnancy Prevention”, so that it can introduce condoms and contraception to middle schools as part of their STD prevention education. Yet, they do not fulfill the Pregnancy Prevention Education component of the Law either!
If it did follow the Law, teacher must:
“(a) stexplain methods of contraception and the risks and benefits of each method. Abortion must not be included as a method of birth control. Instruction explaining the methods of contraception must not be included in any education program for grades kindergarten through fifth. Contraceptive information must be given in the context of future family planning.”ress the importance of abstaining from sexual activity until marriage;
(b) help students develop skills to enable them to resist peer pressure and abstain from sexual activity;
(c) explain methods of contraception and the risks and benefits of each method. Abortion must not be included as a method of birth control. Instruction explaining the methods of contraception must not be included in any education program for grades kindergarten through fifth. Contraceptive information must be given in the context of future family planning.”
Making a Difference only teaches kids how to have fun with condoms by introducing sexual foreplay. They say their “goal” is to prevent the spread of STDs by encouraging kids to use condoms when having sex. Only problem is…it doesn’t work. Many STDs are spread skin to skin, outside the area covered by a condom.
Nothing in the Law requires that skills in sexual activity and sexual stimulation be taught to any school age child. In fact, it is a violation of the law to depict a sexual act.
Making a Difference is in at least 8 SC School Districts: Anderson 3, Barnwell/Blackville-Hilda, Charleston, Dorchester, Horry, Lancaster, Richland 1, and Spartanburg 3.
It targets 11-13 year old minors, who cannot legally consent to sex.
How can this be age appropriate if it breaks the Law?