9th-Grade Curriculum: Bondage, Orgasms and Vibrators

There was a day in this country not so long ago — a veritable Golden Age, if you will — when teachers were expected to behave in a reserved, adult manner befitting of role models and they could actually be fired for having lurid sexual conversations with vulnerable teenage children.

Now, teachers are expected to lead children by the hand through Sodom and Gomorrah, pointing out the brothels and sex shops they can try along the way.

That was somewhat figurative, though not much. Let me be plain.

CBS has reported that the Fremont Unified School District in California has adopted as part of the ninth-grade curriculum a “health education” book titled “Your Health Today” that teaches children about sadomasochism, sex toys, masturbation and orgasms. It doesn’t even do so in a tactful manner, showing pictures of sex organs in various states of arousal and describing in detail how to buy and use condoms.

The district is the only one in California to use the book. District teachers voted unanimously to use it. More than 1,000 angry parents have signed a petition demanding that the book not be used.

Clearly, the teachers have a mental problem if they think ninth-graders need to know how to have safe bondage sex and what to look for in a vibrator.

“Our high-school students today need all the tools they can have to arm themselves to make the best- informed decision,” School Board President Lara Calvert-York told CBS.

That may be the first time I’ve heard anyone describe sex toys and safety words as “tools.”

Parent Latonya Stevenson, being shown images from the book during CBS’ broadcast, said, “It’s a bit much for me, I’m not comfortable with my child – I mean, wow, that’s, the graphics are extreme – oh my gosh. They are very pornographic. The pictures are very explicit.”

Some of the students interviewed weren’t too pleased with the book, either.

Jim Morris, the Fremont Unified School District superintendent, defended the book, saying the “anatomy pieces” are required.

What next, a field trip to a triple-X shop?

Call me old-fashioned, but when we were kids, teachers managed to get through the sex-ed portion of our curriculum without showing us porn or talking about bondage and sex toys. We learned what we needed to know about biology, but we got a healthy dose of discussions about responsibility and waiting until marriage. The interesting thing is that fuddy-duddy approach seemed to work. Teen pregnancy was almost nonexistent, and many of the couples who met at my high school are still married today, with healthy, happy families.

The Fremont district, and other schools throughout this country, have chosen the low road, dumbing down school to meet the lowest common denominator. In the process, they actually put their young charges in jeopardy by turning them into little more than sex-hungry deviants.

The Planned Parenthood, Penthouse and Urban Dictionary crowd should not be deciding the sex-ed curriculum in schools.