The "This is not happening here" part of my blog is getting tired. I keep having to report on all the things that the school administration and teachers union swear is not happening anywhere in Tennessee.
This time it is abortion provider Planned parenthood being invited in to teach a class on sex ed at Harden valley in Knoxville and providing children links to websites featuring oral sex and bestiality. One parent found out and stood up.
From the article...
McCormick said a consent form was not sent to parents about whether students could view the presentation. McCormick said since October she tried on numerous occasions to reach school level and school system officials, including Superintendent Jim McIntyre, and they delayed in responding.
'I followed the avenues I was given as a parent,' McCormick said....
...The organization's presentation 'stays well within the parameters of what is suggested by the state Department of Education,' said Laura Boring, the school system's K-8 physical education and health supervisor.
Why was no consent form sent? because none is provided or required. Tennessee is a state where a parent can only "Opt out" instead of "Opt in" to a class. In other words you are in a class unless a parent magically finds out about something objectionable and then writes into the school saying they want to cover a topic on their own.
Until then, the child is property of the school.
I question why PP was invited into the class to start with. If the state is going to take the responsibility of teaching about sexuality to children away from the parents, isn't that what we pay teachers for?
I hear 'Focus on the Family' is doing a comprehensive re write of the sex ed curricula. I hope a change to "opt in" is part of it.
Fletcher Armstrong has more on the money side.