VICTORVILLE – An Options for Youth (OFY) Charter School parent was shocked with the Health homework her middle school daughter recently brought home.
Being that sexual orientation is a less taboo subject than it once was, some parents are choosing to teach their children their own way and at the right time. The homework brought home by the 12-year-old student contained descriptions where the student was asked to mark an “H” for Heterosexual, “L” for Lesbian, “G” for Gay, and “B” for Bisexual. Also included was education on sex trafficking and commercial sex acts.
New LGBT curriculum most recently has made their way into the public school system after a unanimous July 2016, vote by the California State Board of Education, which made California the first state to adopt the LGBT curriculum. These lessons are being introduced to public school students from elementary to high school, for some public school students as early as the second grade. A 2016 vote was brought to the California State Board of Education to coincide with the FAIR — Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Act that was put in place in 2012. The FAIR act requires better representation of minority groups, including the LGBT community in the history and social studies curriculum. Options for Youth officials stated that the
OFY officials were not immediately aware of the curriculum but later explained that this is in fact, part of what is taught at their school. School officials stated that LBGTQ content that they provide is a result of the 2016 California Healthy Youth Act. “Options for Youth is committed to taking progressive steps to ensure that our LGBTQ students feel safe and secure in our educational setting.'” said the Options for Youth spokeswoman Kimberly Brown. “A number of students have left their traditional schools because of bullying and providing our students with a safe haven is paramount to our centers.”
Prior to the student taking the Health Education courses, parents receive a letter from the Assistant Superintendent explaining what is covered in the courses, they are also offered the opportunity to see all of the educational materials including written and audiovisual. The parent is allowed, per state law to remove the child from the instruction by providing a written request to the teacher.
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