Next month, the Statesville-Iredell School Board in Statesville, North Carolina will decide whether Making Proud Choices!, a Safer Sex, sexual foreplay curriculum, that targets 11-13 year old minors, will be used for all 9th graders in their schools.
School Board member, Bryan Shoemaker, has taken the time to review Making Proud Choices! and is disturbed by its content. In an interview with Charlotte, NC WSOCTV, he expressed his concerns that Making Proud Choices! goes too far when teaching kids about sex.
Shoemaker says that Making Proud Choices! is about “using different types of lubricants; a lot of what they are talking about are methods of foreplay which are totally unacceptable in the 9th grade.”
Making Proud Choices! has been taught in Iredell County over the past few years for after-school programs thanks to a $4 million grant from the federal government. Each participating child is given $100 for completing the program. As you would imagine, attendance has been high and proponents brag about its success in driving down pregnancy rates for teens. But, are they playing with the data?
It is common for supporters of safe sex education (the Planned Parenthood/SIECUS Network) to lump all of the pregnancy data for teens into a broad 13-19 year age group. However, this manipulates the data, and the public, by claiming that teen pregnancy rates are much higher for younger teens than is fact.
If one is interested in the impact of middle and high school sex education on teen pregnancy rates, then using data from 15-17 year old teens is more appropriate and accurate. Research shows that teen pregnancy rates increase dramatically beginning at 18 and 19. After all, once a teen is emancipated at age 18, they are no longer the legal responsibility of school districts, or their parents.
If the rates of teen pregnancy are already dropping statewide and nationwide, then success based on a single program cannot be assumed. In the case of 15-17 year old teens in Iredell County and North Carolina, the data, indicates that teen pregnancies declined at the same rate as the state’s during the period 2000-2012. According to the data, the pregnancy rates in Iredell County were at its lowest in 2010, and it appears that 15-17 year old teen pregnancies in the county actually increased to the state level in 2012. In summary, teen pregnancy rates for 15-17 year old teens have not decreased more in Iredell County vs. NC and there has been no reliable research to show that Making Proud Choices! or any other single program is responsible for the impact.
As reported, Iredell-Statesville School District received $4 million for the Making Proud Choices! program to be taught in after-school programs. Now that the funding is running out they are pushing to expand the program into all of the 9th grade classes. Is the federal government buying their way into school districts by funding programs like Making Proud Choices!?
Why is the government using taxpayer money and taxpayer infrastructure to teach students sexual foreplay techniques in public schools?
While most states require that methods of contraception be taught in high school, it is outside the scope of most, if not all state laws, to teach students how to pleasure each other, regardless of age.
Do Legislators ever read the curricula they are voting to mandate in our schools?
The role of school districts is to teach students how to learn, how to be proficient in core subject matter, and how to become self-sufficient, productive members of society so that they can establish future healthy families that will also do the same. Teaching sexual foreplay techniques is not a core mission of our education system. Or is it?
Parents need to demand that schools teach only those subjects that further their child’s academic achievements. And, legislators and other elected officials need to actually read the Safe Sex curricula being used or promoted in their states and school districts.
It only takes a few good people to stop the Planned Parenthood/SIECUS Network in a school district. Just expose them by reading – verbatim – what they are teaching our children.