Remove Planned Parenthood from Acalanes District

By CAMILLE GIGLIO

March 20, 2015 – Lafayette, CA – NOISE Coalition – Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Ca. has, for 10 years, been the site of an explicit, five-lesson Planned Parenthood sex education program for Freshmen. Planned Parenthood, at the invitation of the school district has usurped the use of classroom time three weeks out of the school term, usually beginning in October and ending in January replacing academic work with a program of indoctrination into their world of lifestyle choices.

One of the lesson handouts, described to the Times by Principal Allison Silvestri as just a “warm-up activity” for program content, was a “Sex Check” list entitled “Are You Ready for Sex?”

To rational, responsible adults – and to morally well-formed young people – the answer is an emphatic NO, 14-year-old kids are NOT ready for sex; nor are other high school students.

Instead, the Acalanes/Planned Parenthood checklist advised 9th graders to “Do what is right for YOU!” if they could check off most or all of 25 items, arranged in 4 categories:  “Materials” (e.g., “I have safer sex materials – condoms, dental dams, etc….”); “Body Stuff” (“I know how my partner’s body works….”); “Emotional Stuff” (“I know why I want to have sex….”); “Relationship Stuff” (“I can tell my partner what feels good….”).

A second page, “Making Consent Clear,” differentiated between “Vague statements” (e.g., “Do you want to go back to my room?”) and “Clear statements” (“Do you like it when I touch you here?” …“Should I get a condom?”).

Yes, those are questions, not statements.   But this is Planned Parenthood’s handout, and so its net effect is to assure young readers that if they’re “ready for sex,” they should go for it.

Relatively speaking, sending around nude “selfies” as recently reported in the Times, must not seem so terrible. Assuming the “professional educators” who enabled Acalanes sex-ed lessons didn’t intend to act as teen-sex facilitators, they forgot a simple lesson from Ed-Psych 101: children do not think like adults.  Among other outlooks, kids like adult endorsement of their behaviors, whether or not they admit it.

The “Sex Check” handout was grossly inappropriate, as was the notorious “Genderbread” exercise.  The two sex educators to whom Acalanes administrators and teachers turned over their tax-funded classrooms were equally so; one, the “education manager” for Planned Parenthood of Northern California, attended “CatalystCon” three weeks before conducting the Acalanes classes.  CatalystCon is promoted by its organizers “as a ‘melting pot of sexuality’ that unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, sex therapists, writers, activists, sex researchers, those in the adult industry….”

Beyond her acknowledgement of “Overseeing programs in Contra Costa, Napa, Solano, and Lake Counties,” much of what Acalanes sex educator #1 “tweeted” from the September conference cannot be printed here.

Those Twitter postings, copies of which have been retained, came down within hours after AUHSD Superintendent John Nickerson was apprised of content.

The second Acalanes/Planned Parenthood sex educator’s LinkedIn profile lists her as “Health Educator at Planned Parenthood” and as a Campolindo High School graduate.

Social media postings identifying her also as an outreach “Pleasure Workshops” educator for a Berkeley sex-toy and porn shop disappeared after being shown to Nickerson.

Despite all of this evidence to the contrary, Nickerson nevertheless told KPIX TV last fall that his school-district “staff and governing board believe Planned Parenthood does an excellent job.  The concerns that were raised are not merited.”

AUHSD-board president speaking to the Acalanes Blueprint (student newspaper) Editor Megan Yee in December, claimed ludicrously that “Planned Parenthood has an excellent reputation for providing age-appropriate instruction using objective and medically accurate information within the requirements and parameters of the Education Code.”

No, this is one of those cases where a supposed exception proves the rule.

As I said myself to KPIX, Planned Parenthood is a business that sells sex – in my view, as a means of sexualizing young people, thereby to create a clientele for abortion and “health services.”

Apparently not embarrassed by the Planned Parenthood scandal, Acalanes High authorities permitted student members of the school’s “Queer Straight Alliance” to take over freshman ENGLISH classes on January 29, in part to stigmatize students who didn’t see things the QSA way.

In the context of AUHSD’s sex-ed scandals, dodges and misuse of academic class time one wonders, like the rescuers in Lord of the Flies, if there are any grownups supervising things there.

AUHSD board and administrators are due to reconsider things on the evening of April 15, hopefully to end Planned Parenthood intrusions, in favor of more responsible instruction, if sex education is to continue. Hopefully, they’ve now felt enough heat to finally see the light.

Legislative redress – Sacramento is listening:

The situation at Acalanes has caught the attention of the state legislators. Assembly member James Gallagher, (R-Chico), has authored a bill, AB 517, entitled: HIV/AIDS Prevention Act: Parental Consent. The bill amends a 2003 bill authored by Sen. Sheila Kuehl and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. The new regimen will require an opt-in form for parents to sign before any student is permitted to attend any of these classes. It also requires a written release from a parent before any questionnaire, survey or inquiry into private family morals and ethics may be administered to a student. With an Opt-in form only those students whose parents have submitted this form may be permitted into the class.

The current Education Code requires only an opt-out form be submitted by a parent. If the parent of the student fails to hand in this form the student is required to attend the instruction, hence the need for Assemblyman Gallagher’s legislation.

 

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