National Sexuality Education Standards Revealed
National Sexuality Education Standards Revealed
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   01.18.12
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In January 2012, a new plan to usurp local control and impose liberal assumptions about sexuality on our nation’s children was unveiled. It is titled “National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12,” and it’s a creation of the portentously named “Future of Sex Education.”

The “Future of Sex Education” (FoSE) project, which is a joint effort of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), Advocates for Youth, and Answer, “seeks to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools.”

In addition, one of FoSE’s goals at the “national level…[is to] create an enabling environment that includes federal policies, regulations and funding to support and sustain comprehensive sexuality education at the local level.”

The stated goal of the new “National Sexuality Education Standards” is “to provide clear, consistent and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades K-12.”

Further, “The purpose of standards in general is to provide clear expectations about what students should know and be able to do by the conclusion of certain grade levels. Other equally important components of the student learning experience include pre-service teacher training, professional development and ongoing support and mentoring for teachers, clear school policies that support sexuality education implementation and the teachers who deliver sexuality education.

For each age group, the document includes the topics “Identity” and “Healthy Relationships” in which are found deeply troubling ideas about homosexuality and gender confusion. Embedded in these “standards” are radical assumptions about sexuality and gender that are biased, subjective, non-factual, and unproven.

In addition to members of SIECUS, Advocates for Youth, and Answer, contributors to the “National Sexuality Education Standards” include representatives from Planned Parenthood; the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); and the National Education Association.

Here are a few of the ideas from the “National Sexuality Education Standards” that these groups believe are “essential and developmentally and age-appropriate”:

Grades K-2

Under “Identity” (which is clearly designed to prepare young children to accept radical ideas about gender):

  • “Describe similarities and differences in how boys and girls are expected to act.”
  • “Provide examples of how friends, family, media, society and culture influence ways in which boys and girls think they should act”

Under “Healthy Relationships” (designed to prepare young children to affirm families headed by homosexuals):

  • “Identify different kinds of family structures”
  • “Demonstrate different ways to show respect for different types of families”

Grades 3-5

Under “Identity”:

  • “Define sexual orientation as the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender”
  • “Identify parents or other trusted adults of whom students can ask questions about sexual orientation”

Under “Healthy Relationships”:

  • “Differentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation”
  • “Analyze external influences that have an impact on one’s attitudes about gender, sexual orientation and gender identity”
  • “Access accurate information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation”

Grades 9-12

Under “Identity”:

  • “Differentiate between biological sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression”
  • “Analyze the influence of friends, family, media, society and culture on the expression of gender, sexual orientation and identity”
  • “Explain how to promote safety, respect, awareness and acceptance”
  • “Advocate for school policies and programs that promote dignity and respect for all”

The bias of the “National Sexuality Education Standards” is exposed through its rhetoric. For example, the term “sexual orientation” is a biased, political term created to equate heterosexuality and homosexuality. While the creators of this document believe that homosexuality and heterosexuality are flip sides of the sexuality coin, others believe — rightly — that homosexuality is a disordering of the sexual impulse.

“Sexual orientation” also connotes the idea that homosexuality is biologically determined, immutable in all cases, and inherently moral, all of which are controversial assumptions.

Further evidence is the inclusion of the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression.” Like “sexual orientation,” both are subversive rhetorical inventions designed to legitimize gender confusion by distancing it from the truth that gender confusion is a disorder.

When activists who seek to normalize homosexuality and obliterate gender talk about promoting “dignity and respect for all,” they are not talking about promoting civil interaction among diverse people. They are talking about promoting a particular set of ontological, moral, and political beliefs. They are not promoting respect for persons but rather respect and affirmation of a set of non-factual, unproven, and arguable beliefs.

Society cannot promote the dignity of persons and at the same time approve volitional homosexual acts, cross-dressing, and elective amputations of sexual anatomy, for those very acts efface human dignity.

Respect means to hold something in esteem. No child should be taught that in order to respect persons, they must hold in esteem all beliefs, all family structures, or all behavioral choices. Nor does respect of persons require that we withhold expression of our beliefs. All that respect of persons requires is that we interact civilly with others.

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Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins was the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008 through early 2023. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years...
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