WHAT ARE OUR CHILDREN LEARNING?
SEXUAL EDUCATION IN BENICIA SCHOOLS
In the Spring of 2023, the Benicia Unified School District approved new sexual education curriculum for the district. You can request to review the new curriculum by contacting Stephanie Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org, (707) 748-2679. We cannot provide the curriculum here due to copyright limitations. You can also contact email@example.com for more information on specific references.
Approval for the new sex-ed curriculum passed unanimously. According to the Director of Educational Services, only three parents had concerns about it, and several parents were excited about it (see 49:40 on the timeline of this video, provided by the BUSD). When asked if all of the parents had seen the new curriculum, the board was told all parents had been emailed about the curriculum, and 15 parents attended the online meeting when it was discussed.
BELOW ARE ITEMS IN THE NEW CURRICULUM:
10-year-olds (and younger in some classes) are being asked to identify their pronouns.
Math curriculum at Benicia Middle School now includes non-binary people, including the titles “Mx.” This addition to the math curriculum was not reviewed by parents.
The curriculum teaches that being male and female is interchangeable which is not scientific or medically accurate.
The curriculum teaches new gender ideology that may encourage boys who like “feminine” things to believe they are actually girls, and girls who like “masculine” things to believe they are actually boys.
10-year-olds will be taught that they can receive puberty blockers to prevent their body from going through changes that make them uncomfortable. Puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries will forever change the lives of those who fall victim to these dangerous experiments that create a lifetime of dependence on medical care, enriching the unscrupulous doctors who promote this.
Children will no longer be taught that men produce sperm and impregnate women, and that women give birth. The language has been replaced with androgynous wording.
The curriculum appears to encourage gender confusion, not gender clarification. All parents should question how this is helpful, scientifically sound, or medically accurate.
Oral, anal, and vaginal sex are defined at the 12-year-old level and above. CA Ed Code Section 51933 requires that “instruction and materials shall be appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds.” Yet teaching children about oral and anal sex violates this law since several cultures would not find this teaching appropriate.
The curriculum teaches children to obtain contraception, get abortions, and to receive STD/STI testing without parental consent.
The curriculum teaches children how to use internal and external condoms and dental dams. The introduction of dental dams to children is jarring (many adults do not know what this is). This instruction is not helpful to children, is unnecessarily graphic, and appears to violate CA Ed Code Section 51933.
Overall, our schools should be focused on core academics, preservation of American democracy (patriotism is another important topic worth discussing), and preparation of each student to thrive as an adult and to be a contributing American citizen. Veering off course into gender and sexuality discussions does not serve our children or community well.
Opting out of the sexual health curriculum is an option for families. But the reality is most families will not pay attention to what is being taught, and many children will be subject to classroom instruction that is not scientifically accurate or medically correct, and that should be a concern for all of us.
This curriculum used to be called “Family Life” but is now “Sexual Health.” A subtle change, but it is worth nothing that “family” has been removed.