North Carolina’s Cumberland County Board of Education voted late Tuesday to reject Planned Parenthood’s “Get Real” sex education program that teaches sixth graders about the ins and outs of sexual activity.
After more than 1,800 people signed a petition opposed to the abortion organization’s sex ed program, the district voted to revert back to the curriculum the county began using in 2009. The program might encourage “kids to go out and get freaky,” one man said at Tuesday night’s school board meeting, according to CBS News.
The petition posited that the Planned Parenthood program encourages sixth graders to feel comfortable and ready for sex by including proper condom usage for vaginal, oral or anal sex and recommending other non-traditional contraception methods, like non-microwavable saran wrap, in its curriculum.
Planned Parenthood’s sex ed program curriculum teaches sixth-through-eighth graders, pairing school lessons with assignments that students take home, according to its website.
“It got pretty descriptive as far as some of that information,” said Cumberland County schools interim superintendent Tim Kinlaw, CBS News reports. “It just simply was not appropriate for our sixth grade students.”
A “Get Real” program developer strongly disagrees, however, maintaining that the program is meant to encourage young kids to delay sexual activity. “The content of the curriculum is being taken wildly out of context,” said Get Real developer Jen Slonaker. “A comprehensive sex education approach is focused on teaching about consent, teaching about healthy relationships, alongside teaching about things like prevention of pregnancy and STIs.”
Cumberland County schools will now immediately return to their former sex education program. Parents also can choose to opt their child out of the program.
Washington state public schools also decided not to adopt Planned Parenthood’s sex education program in November after they had been set to implement the program. The Human Growth and Development Citizen Advisory Committee for Spokane, Wash., had been considering using the abortion giant’s program if it got a green light from the advisory committee, according to KXLY News, but after significant backlash from parents and community members, the board decided that Spokane public schools would not adopt the program.
As of 2014, “Get Real” was taught in 150 schools in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Texas, according to Time Magazine. CBS also reports that the Planned Parenthood program is taught in 31 states as of 2017.
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