A new grassroots movement is asking parents to keep their kids home from school today in protest of what they say is “graphic and promiscuity-promoting sex education”.
According to their website, “this protest was initiated by a few moms on social media who were troubled by the graphic nature of current sex education resources in schools. It has since grown into a global movement with protests being planned in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.”
Parents in the following cities will be participating in today’s protest;
Here in Charlotte, there will also be a rally outside of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Uptown.
Several parents, teachers and community members are scheduled to speak at 5PM. Elizabeth Johnston, a national conservative blogger, known as the “Activist Mommy,” will join Tami Fitzgerald, the Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, on the platform this evening at 5pm.
Fitzgerald thinks the current sex-ed policies are inappropriate for young children and believes that certain sex-ed topics should be handled by parents.
“It is deceitful and harmful that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools—the very institution to which parents entrust their children for their education—should use their place of trust to indoctrinate children as young as Kindergarten with gender ideologies like sexual orientation and transgender behavior,” Fitzgerald commented. “Presenting these harmful behaviors and idealizing early sexual activity is not the place of schools. Parents should be the ones to determine when and how these topics are presented to their children.”
Elizabeth Finley, a spokeswoman for Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens NC (SHIFT NC), disagrees with the sit out, as she believes that all families in North Carolina have the ability to opt out of sex ed classes.
“We’re always big proponents of parental engagement, but we think this is a really strange way to protest this topic,” Finley said. “They’re going to miss a whole day of classes, including reading and math, on a day when nobody knows if sex ed will be taught.”
Each school district in North Carolina is required to pick their own materials to teach students about abstinence, protection against STDs, contraceptives, and sexual assault/abuse risk prevention.
The N.C. Values Coalition is specifically protesting three fairly new policies used by some school districts in our state;
▪ The ‘Get Real’ sex education program from Planned Parenthood
▪ The ‘Welcoming Schools’ program from the Human Rights Campaign (used in CMS elementary schools).
▪ NC’s partnership with ‘SHIFT NC’ to provide certain districts optional training in how to support LGBQT students.
What do you think about our current sex-ed policies and materials?
What type of sex-ed do you think should be taught in public schools?