By Pastor Gordon Cashwell, Without Walls Ministry
Charleston, South Carolina
Recently, I became aware that Charleston County School District is considering offering a sex education course called Making Proud Choices (MPC) in the schools. I am concerned about this because 2 of my 3 girls are in a public middle school, and because I work with youth in “high risk” neighborhoods.
My first contact with MPC was as a pastor. A lady from our church wanted to recruit youth to attend a YWCA MPC seminar at which they would be given $50 gift certificates. After researching and reading some excerpts from the curriculum, I was appalled and I requested that she not recruit from the church youth.
When I discovered that our local school board was considering offering this program (designed for 11-14 year olds), I had to put effort into fighting it. After reading the entire curriculum, I became even more fervent in my protest. The unedited version of MPC contains no instruction on abstinence skills, but it contains plenty of instruction on how to engage in pleasurable sex, how to purchase condoms, the joys of “safe” oral and anal sex, and the proper use of condoms, dental dams, pills, sponges, patches, rings, shots, diaphragms and more.
The question of offering MPC should not even be entertained considering that no consistent school- based studies exist which demonstrate that MPC makes a long- term positive impact. In addition, this curriculum which is posted on Planned Parenthood’s websites was tested on particular races in “at risk” neighborhoods (a racial issue if you ask me).
Most importantly, however, MPC is ILLEGAL in SC.
SC Code of Law Section 59-32-10 states that any sex education offered in public schools must emphasize the benefit and importance of abstinence until marriage, strong family and marriage life, and support the development of responsible personal values and relationships. It is not to include instruction about sexual activity outside of marriage or practices unrelated to reproduction.
MPC breaks this law.
If you are not convinced, I would challenge you to contact the Charleston County School Board so that you can set up a time to read the original curriculum for yourself. Here are some sample quotes from the curriculum for our middle schoolers:
- “Girls who carry condoms are smart, responsible, proud and safe”
- “Condoms can be fun and pleasurable if you know the skills to make them that way…. Sex can still feel great with condoms. You can also make sex fun with condoms.”
- “Keep a supply of condoms on hand… Get used to condoms so they are natural and fun.”
- If erection is lost… “Have partner take off condom, continue playing and stimulating one another, relax and enjoy the fun”.
- “…do something positive and fun. Go to the store together. Buy lots of brands and colors (of condoms). Plan a special day when you can experiment. Just talking about how you’ll use the condoms can be a turn on.”
I hope this shocks you into action.
If we do not stand up for our kids, who will?