This is the Teen Talk material the Conejo Valley School Board just approved at their last meeting 5-0 where every single person in attendance spoke out against it. Check this out to see why
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
NEXT TUESDAY – JUNE 15 at 6 pm at 1400 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
- SPEAK: Submit “blue card” prior to Public Comment section of agenda. Found in lobby. We will help you.
- WRITE: Submit “yellow card” with your message which will be recorded in public record.
We recommend writing out what you want to say ahead of time. We recommend that you stay calm, professional, respectful and remember we are not there to politicize this issue and create divides. We are there to PROTECT CHILDREN from harmful content. Please consider reading aloud sections of what is in the Teen Talk curriculum as listed below or sections from the CDC’s own documents about the risks to minors of STDs and high risk sexual behaviors. Let this information be heard and settle on the room. Request that the Board allow a side-by-side analysis of Teen Talk vs HEART Curriculum which both comply with CA Law to see which is most healthy and aligns best with available science and community values and the wellbeing of children.
Talking Points examples below. Feel free to copy/paste & edit to use with your own comments:
15 Harmful Elements of the Sex Ed Curriculum “Teen Talk”
February 23, 2021
“Teen Talk” is one of the sex education curricula being evaluated for adoption by the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD). The only curriculum that the California Parent Alliance endorses is the HEART curriculum because it complies with all the California laws, yet is still family-friendly. We do not recommend Teen Talk for the following reasons:
- This curriculum SEXUALIZES CHILDREN and normalizes child sex or desensitizes children to sexual things. It gives examples of children having sex or imply many of their peers are sexually active. It glamorizes sex, uses graphic materials, teaches explicit sexual vocabulary, or encourages discussion of sexual experiences, attractions, fantasies or desires.
- This curriculum TEACHES CHILDREN TO CONSENT TO SEX. Teaches children how to negotiate sexual encounters or how to ask for or get “consent” from other children to engage in sexual acts with them. While this may be appropriate for adults, children of minor age should never be encouraged to “consent” to sex. “Consent” is often taught under the banner of sexual abuse prevention. Sex with minors is illegal in the state of CA.
- This curriculum PROMOTES ANAL AND ORAL SEX, normalizes these high-risk sexual behaviors, and may omit vital medical facts, such as the extremely high STI infection rates (i.e. HIV and HPV) and the oral and anal cancer rates of these high-risk sex acts.
- This curriculum normalizes or promotes acceptance or exploration of diverse sexual orientations, sometimes in violation of state education laws. It omits vital health information and/or may provide medically inaccurate information about the risks of the associated sexual practices.
- This curriculum prioritizes SEXUAL PLEASURE and teaches children they are entitled to or have a “right” to sexual pleasure or encourages children to seek out sexual pleasure. It fails to present data on the multiple negative potential outcomes for sexually active children.
- This curriculum PROMOTES SOLO AND/OR MUTUAL MASTURBATION. While masturbation can be part of normal child development, it instead encourages masturbation at young ages, which may make children more vulnerable to pornography use, sexual addictions or sexual exploitation. It instructs children on how to masturbate or engage in mutual masturbation.
- This curriculum PROMOTES CONDOM USE IN INAPPROPRIATE WAYS and inappropriately eroticizes condom use (e.g., emphasizing sexual pleasure or “fun” with condoms) or uses sexually explicit methods (i.e., penis and vagina models, seductive role plays, etc.) to promote condom use to children. It provides medically inaccurate information on condom effectiveness and omits or deemphasizes failure rates. Like other new sex education, curricula, it implies that condoms will provide protection against pregnancy or STIs, but does not explicitly warn that the protection offered by condoms is only partial.
- This curriculum PROMOTES PREMATURE SEXUAL AUTONOMY. It teaches children they can choose to have sex when they feel they are ready or when they find a trusted partner. It fails to provide data about the well-documented negative consequences of early sexual debut. It also fails to encourage sexually active children to return to the safety of abstinence.
- This curriculum FAILS TO ESTABLISH ABSTINENCE AS THE EXPECTED STANDARD and fails to establish abstinence (or a return to abstinence) as the expected standard for all school age children. Mentions abstinence only in passing. Teaches children that all sexual activity—other than “unprotected” vaginal and oral sex—is acceptable, and even healthy. Presents abstinence and “protected” sex as equally good options for children, even though no sexual activity is truly protected.
- This curriculum PROMOTES TRANSGENDER IDEOLOGY. It promotes affirmation of and/or exploration of diverse gender identities. It may convince children they can change their gender or identify as multiple genders, or may present other unscientific and medically inaccurate theories. It fails to teach that most gender-confused children resolve their confusion by adulthood and that extreme gender confusion is a mental health disorder (gender dysphoria) that can be helped with mental health intervention.
- This curriculum PROMOTES CONTRACEPTION/ABORTION TO CHILDREN. It also presents abortion as a safe or positive option while omitting data on the many potential negative physical and mental health consequences. It teaches children they have a right to abortion and refers them to abortion providers. May encourage the use of contraceptives, while failing to present failure rates or side effects.
- This curriculum PROMOTES PEER-TO-PEER SEX ED OR SEXUAL RIGHTS ADVOCACY. It trains children to teach other children about sex or sexual pleasure, through peer-to-peer initiatives. It recruits children as spokespeople to advocate for highly controversial sexual rights (including a right to CSE itself) or to promote abortion.
- This curriculum UNDERMINES TRADITIONAL VALUES AND BELIEFS. It also encourages children to question their parents’ beliefs or their cultural or religious values regarding sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- This curriculum UNDERMINES PARENTS OR PARENTAL RIGHTS. It instructs children they have rights to confidentiality and privacy from their parents. Children can learn how to access sexual commodities or services, including abortion, without parental consent. It instructs children not to tell their parents what they are being taught about sex in school.
- This curriculum REFERS CHILDREN TO HARMFUL RESOURCES. It also refers children to harmful websites, materials or outside entities. Also specifically refers children to Planned Parenthood or their affiliates or partners for their lucrative services or commodities (i.e., sexual counseling, condoms, contraceptives, gender hormones, STI testing and treatment, abortions, etc.). Please Note: A conflict of interest exists whenever an entity that profits from sexualizing children is involved in creating or implementing sex education programs. (For more information on how Planned Parenthood sexualizes children for profit see http://www.WaronChildren.org and http://www.InvestigateIPPF.org)
Letter to Editor:
As a parent and longtime business owner in this county I believe it is crucial that our community be made aware of the content of the new sex ed curriculum approved last week by the CVUSD. I am including a short excerpt here so that parents, doctors, and mental health experts in our community can chime in this coming Tuesday night at 6 pm at the Board Meeting at 1400 E Janss Rd regarding the impact this will have on our children's health, life expectancy & wellbeing. Excerpt: Body Fluid or Blood Play [page 247] "What is it, and how do I do it? Some people enjoy any number of body fluids sexually: ejaculate, vaginal fluids, menses, urine, or blood. They may simply enjoy tasting, feeling, or smelling them during sexual activities, or they may engage in activities specific to enjoying those fluids, such as "golden showers" (being urinated on) or having a partner ejaculate on them. ...." Excerpt: Anal Sex/Intercourse AKA. Buttfucking, asslove, backdoor action [page 239] "What is it, and how do I do it? Anal sex is entering the anus and rectum for sexual satisfaction of both partners. Men who enjoy anal sex - whatever their orientation or their body parts - may enjoy being the person doing the entering, the person whose body is being entered, or both. …." The CDC reports: "Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors and experiences that can result in unintended health outcomes. CDC data show that lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are at substantial risk for serious health outcomes related to sexual behaviors, violence, substance use, and poor mental health as compared to their peers." tinyurl.com/yz2hatyt Our community has a profound responsibility to evaluate this curriculum which encourages underage children to engage in high risk behaviors the CDC states put them at risk for violence, substance use, and poor mental health. Is it considered education to instruct children to engage in high risk behaviors known to cause harm? Do we teach them to smoke cigarettes? How is this any different? It is even more deadly. I encourage the board to evaluate the HEART Curriculum which emphasizes primary protection (risk avoidance—delaying sex until at least the legal age of consent) per guidance of CHYA and the CDC and more fully aligns with the CA Ed Code objective of healthy youth than other curricula. https://www.storylabs.online/heart
Data from the CDC
Many Young People Engage in Sexual Risk Behaviors
Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors and experiences that can result in unintended health outcomes.
CDC data show that lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are at substantial risk for serious health outcomes pdf icon[PDF – 31 MB] related to sexual behaviors, violence, substance use, and poor mental health as compared to their peers.
Lesbian, gay, or bisexual students were more likely than students not sure of their sexual identity and twice as likely as heterosexual students to have experienced feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
Students not sure of their sexual identity were more likely to have experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness than heterosexual studentsStudents who had sexual contact with people of the same sex were more likely to have experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness than students who had sexual contact with only people of the opposite sex. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/YRBSDataSummaryTrendsReport2019-508.pdf (page 97)
HEART Curriculum – ENCOURAGE THE BOARD TO DO A SIDE-BY-SIDE ANALYSIS of the science being taught in each curriculum to allow parents, doctors, psychologists to evaluate for what is most healthful for kids, as both curriculums satisfy ca requirements
The only curriculum that the California Parent Alliance endorses is the HEART curriculum because it complies with all the California laws, yet is still family-friendly.
Ten Ways CA Sex Ed Curricula Fail to Protect Students that HEART Gets Right The HEART curriculum more fully aligns with the CA Ed Code objective of healthy youth than other curricula. Here are ten examples:
1. HEART emphasizes primary protection (risk avoidance—delaying sex until at least the legal age of consent) per guidance of CHYA and the CDC. HEART does comprehensively teach secondary prevention (risk reduction) as required, but first place is given to risk avoidance as the only medically certain safe path by teaching healthy relationship where kids can have “fun without sex.”.
2. HEART teaches the truth about the laws protecting minors—minors can’t ‘consent’ to sex. Other curricula teach or infer that minors can ‘consent’ to sex but the law clearly doesn’t allow this—sex with an unmarried minor is always a crime.
3. HEART discloses the risks of condom use. Authorities advocate condom use because this will reduce overall teen pregnancy and STIs. At the individual level, however, teens are not taught by other curricula that the risk that still remains is more than they would want to be exposed to.
4. HEART reveals the fundamental lesson of STIs—the human immune system cannot protect against casual sex. The number of STIs continues to grow, especially those without a cure. HEART teaches the only real safety is faithfulness to a single partner, or living as close to this as possible.
5. HEART teaches the link between certain STIs and certain cancers. HPV, for example, is a risk for cervical, anal-rectal, or mouth-throat cancers, depending on where the infection occurs.
6. HEART presents information about ways STIs are harder on girls with the CDC’s “10 Ways STDs Impact Women Differently from Men.” The list includes “pelvic inflammatory disease,” a common STI complication and a cause of infertility and ectopic pregnancy. https://www.cdc.gov/std/health-disparities/stds-women-042011.pdf
7. HEART better protects males who have sex with males (MSM). New HIV infections have significantly declined in the general population but have tragically persisted at around 26,000 per year among MSM. The guidance being given hasn’t worked. HEART provides full CDC guidance for MSM.
8. HEART teaches the consequences of abortion. HEART recognizes a woman’s right to abortion, but does teach the risks. Abortion, particularly with multiple abortions, has consequences that are often overlooked.
9. HEART acknowledges gender dysphoria but shares information that 98% of cases resolve by adulthood and that patience under the guidance of parents is the safest path.
10. HEART supports marriage by presenting the advantages of marriage over the growing trend of cohabitation. Studies show marriage, for example, is the best protection against poverty, even better than a college education. Marriage, once practiced by all income classes, is becoming a lost dream for many poor women. There is a media message of growing sexual promiscuity—that everyone’s doing ‘it.’ The fact is that since the early ‘90s kids are starting sex later, doing it less, with fewer partners, and teen pregnancies have steadily fallen. This is a trend that needs support and encouragement and HEART promotes and teaches the message of ‘kids getting better.