Base Sex/Gender Education on Science
FCPS misleads parents about Family Life Education (FLE), saying that it is a preventive program when it has no preventive goals and its effectiveness in prevention has never been evaluated. FLE may increase risky behavior. Sodomy is taught to 8th graders, and it is implied that all sexual behavior is equally risky, which is dangerously false. This may contribute to youth-on-youth sexual abuse after school, an alarming trend.
In addition to the explicit material that is already being taught to children as young as 4th grade, gender fluidity based not on science but on extraneous ideology was added to FCPS Family Life Education (FLE) (Sex Ed) curriculum starting from 7th grade. Since parents can opt out their children from FLE but not from “Emotional and Social Health”, the school board also moved much of FLE to “Emotional and Social Health” unit, making those lessons mandatory with no opt-out. These actions despite overwhelming majority of parents’ opposition must be reversed. The attitude that systems and the government know more about the needs for children than their parents is wrong and should be corrected immediately.
I believe schools are there to teach English, Math, History and Science to our children, not the intimate intricacies of sexual orientation and preferences. We will need basic “sex education”, I agree. However, whatever FCPS’s Family Life Education (FLE) is “sex education” gone haywire. I believe such teaching, especially to the very young minds encourages unwanted curiosity and experimentation that has the potential to inflict irreparable damage to their personalities, and thereby to the future of humanity as we know it.
As statistics clearly elucidate, strong and fully functioning families has a direct correlation to student achievement in schools. However, I don’t see any encouragement of such family values or celebration of traditional families in the FLE curriculum. I think it is total injustice to the concept of “Family” to call it ‘Family Life Education (FLE)’. I also believe that whatever sex education we do, we must ensure that it uses biology as its foundation, not any ideology or politics.
When it comes to immigrant families vis-à-vis FLE, there are additional concerns that I have. Most immigrant parents who come from failed and/or repressive systems around the world tend to look at everything they see and hear in USA as great and are ready to adopt it without critical thinking. They mostly assume that whatever happens in USA is very well researched and systematically planned and designed, and nothing can go wrong with it. With such a thought process, even if we immigrants review the FLE, we tend to think it is okay and the disagreements we feel from within is somehow our deficiency, since American systems can never go wrong. That pushes us to approve everything that is headed our way from schools without much thought or analysis.