A parent in Austin, Texas, is taking issue with proposed LGBT sex ed curriculum that she says puts children at risk.
“I oppose the approval of the sex ed program because in that curriculum, sixth-graders will be engaging in written scenarios to propose solutions to homophobia,” Caryl Ayala, co-founder of the local group Concerned Parents of Texas, said at a school board meeting this week.
Ayala and other parents testified before the the trustees of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) about the curriculum.
The parent went on to say that the curriculum will “pit students against one another.”
“This will create a climate that pits students against one another and violates students’ rights to hold a different opinion regarding boundaries of sexual behavior according to their family’s values,” she said.
Ayala added that she is “offended” by the teachings because they are an assault against “Hispanic family values.”
“I am offended that this school district is grooming 46,000 Hispanic children to accept these behaviors,” she said. “I consider this a direct assault on Hispanic family culture.”
Other parents argued against the curriculum, with some saying that it “sexualizes” children.
“These types of lessons are sexualizing our children,” citizen Lorie Meynig said. “Please focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic.”
Grandparent Don Dores added, “Many of us are concerned that the national sexuality education standards that have been adopted by the AISD board are not in compliance with the laws of the state of Texas.”
Dores brought up Texas consent laws as there have been issues before at Texas schools. In 2017, for example, AISD Covington Middle School sent children home with Planned Parenthood pamphlets that featured YouTube links to a consent video series, which featured couples, including gay and lesbian couples, undressing each other in preparation for sexual intercourse.
“It’s time for us to stand up to the board, tell them to go back to the drawing board, and give parents another opportunity to give their input in what their children should be taught,” Mary Elizabeth Castle of Texas Values said at a pre-meeting rally.
Because Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill banning local governments from contracting with abortion providers, the original curriculum partly developed by Planned Parenthood was abandoned. The curriculum is a revised version of Planned Parenthood’s Get Real sex-ed program.
Texas Values reports that there are still major similarities between the new curriculum and the one that Planned Parenthood originally pushed.
“In fact, despite AISD’s claim to have developed this curriculum ‘internally,’ most of the curriculum seems to come from Canadian pro-LGBT abortion providers. Make no mistake, AISD’s revised curriculum shares the same legal (and moral) concerns as Planned Parenthood’s Get Real,” they reported.
The progressive curriculum touches on both sexual orientation, as well as gender identity.
“Gender identity” is defined as “boy, girl, non-binary” and sexual orientation is defined as “homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, pansexual,” according to Texas Values.
“Explain that sexuality … is neither predictable nor linked to gender identity,” the program informs teachers. “While it is often assumed that boys like girls and girls like boys, these assumptions are harmful and exclude individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc.”
The curriculum would also teach sixth-graders to “recognize injustices and plan ways to denounce inequality.”
The school board will decide whether to adopt the curriculum in November.
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