Parents Enraged by H.S. Sex Education Curriculum Taught by Planned Parenthood

A high school in Northern California is under fire for vastly overstepping boundaries in its sex education curriculum. A sex education class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood, and the content of the lessons and the materials being utilized, are highly controversial.

Parents of the students are infuriated that they had not been given advanced notice that the sex-ed class was being taught by Planned Parenthood employees. Parents are further angered by the methods and materials being used in the lessons, which include a checklist that asks students whether they are “ready for sex,” as well as a worksheet that explains how to give and receive consent.

Perhaps the most provoking item is a diagram that uses a “genderbread” person for lessons in gender identity. The “Genderbread Person,” a play on words referencing the popular holiday cookie, asks students to identify themselves as either “agender,” “bigender,” “two spirit,” “third gender,” or “gender queer.”

Fox News reported December 10:

Included in the materials provided to students were documents and worksheets that included a checklist entitled, “Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?” in which the 13 and 14-year-old students are asked questions such as if they have water–based lubricants and condoms and if they could handle a possible infection or pregnancy. Another worksheet reads like a how-to on obtaining consent from a possible sexual partner and offers possible statements like “Do you want to go back to my place?” and “Is it OK if I take my pants off?”

The Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal organization, has begun to work with parents in the district to address these concerns. “[Parents] are very concerned,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute told “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young people first.”