”A new policy approved by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will require all public school students to participate in sex education instruction, beginning in kindergarten. The new mandate was passed February 27, will require each student to receive ‘minimum instructional minutes’ of sex-ed information that is ‘medically accurate’ as well as (supposedly) age-appropriate. ‘It is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors, and relationships,’ Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in the CPS announcement about the policy. ‘By implementing a new sexual health education policy, we will be helping them to build a foundation of knowledge that can guide them not just in the pre-adolescent and adolescent years, but throughout their lives.’”1
Why the CPS is Clearly Out-of-Bounds
Sexual morality is one aspect which separates humans from other animals (the HHS mandate’s veterinarian treatment of human reproduction notwithstanding). “Sex education” is but a part of the formation process. As with all education, it is not under the jurisdiction of the state, but of the parents who are the first and primary teachers of children.2 For the state to usurp parental authority in this matter is not only damaging to the child,3 but is another proof of Diana Fessler’s warning in the early 1990s that the “it takes a village to raise a child” philosophy was being misused for ulterior motives.4 (The African concept meant that villages, microcosms of society, were concerned with the upbringing of children as an assist to parents, not as a replacement of them.)
With the President leading the way, the self-appointed elite continues to make inroads into areas of authority not granted to them by the Constitution or by God (Natural Law for non-believers). We must ignore the spurious claims of the media that we are extremists whenever we assert ourselves in an effort to fulfill our innate responsibilities. Chicagoans need to reverse this flawed policy. For the rest of us, vigilance is the key. We must be on guard at all times because many a program inspired by sinister intent is packaged as a delightful alternative. The serpent is not only to be found in the Paradise of antiquity. He is in our midst, in disguise.
1 – Newsdesk International’s Blog, 3/15/2013
2 – As we are reminded by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2221: “The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral education and spiritual formation. ‘The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.’ The right and duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.” And by Paragraph 2223: “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children…” (published by Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO, 1994)
3 – Also from the same Newsdesk International’s Blog of 3/15/2013, “Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council told the Christian Post that the notion of early-childhood sex education ‘is part of the legacy of Alfred Kinsey, and the belief that “children are sexual from birth.”’ This is a false and pernicious idea that introduces words, thoughts, and concepts to children long before it is developmentally appropriate for them. This premature exposure may contribute to early sexual activity, when we should be working to prevent it.”
4 – In her first successful campaign to be elected to the Ohio Board of Education, Ms. Fessler presented some of the Board’s long-range plans to construct 24-hour school centers. These centers were to be available to students of all ages where they could go for the counsel, assistance, etc. that is properly found at home. The goal of these social engineers was to create a society which would be devoid of those supposedly intolerant views of well-meaning, but outdated parents.