Rep. McDermott calls the latest policy decisions by Hawaii’s Board of Education to force Planned Parenthood style sex ed on Hawaii’s students a travesty. The BOE has taken the position that the controversial sex ed programs in public schools should revert to the automatic enrollment, opt-out model. The actual curriculum being pushed will be along the lines of what McDermott calls “sexuality education.”
“Opt-out is a bad thing, because parents should be in charge of what their children are exposed to in our schools, it diminishes parental control and involvement,” said McDermott. “This new ‘comprehensive’ approach remains medically inaccurate and continues to push social engineering over the health and safety of our children. These programs treat anal sex as a healthy, wholesome, moral equivalent of male/female reproduction.”
McDermott thinks that the liberal agenda and focus on lifestyles over health concerns where a concession to the outgoing Abercrombie appointees on the board.
“They continue to push the Planned Parenthood agenda even as they are going out the door.” Said McDermott. “They aren’t interested in strategic risk-avoidance programs that delay sexual activity and have been shown to work.”
Recently reduced rates of abortions in Hawaii were claimed as an indication of success by Planned Parenthood based “sexuality” programs, but statistics show that it might have more to do with the delay of sexual activity in teens, a factor that is contrary with Planned Parenthoods messaging. In 1993 44.3 percent of Hawaii high school students ever had sex; but by 2013, the rate had dropped to 35.9 percent; a full 10% under the national average.
“This was accomplished under the old DOE policy of ‘abstinence-based’ sex ed that they now want to get rid of,” continued McDermott. “By encouraging sexual experimentation, at younger and younger ages, under the guise of teaching “sexuality education,” we are going in the wrong direction.”
Abstinence-based and abstinence-only programs have also worked elsewhere and statistics show that the delay of sexual activity is not only the best way to achieve fewer pregnancies and prevent STD transmission; but also leads to longer lasting and more stable marriages and higher income levels.
According to a Zogby International Poll, parents overwhelmingly support abstinence education as historically funded by Congress by a margin of 2 to 1. In fact, “9 out of 10 parents agree that being sexually abstinent is best for their child’s health and future.” A Rasmussen Report says that 80% of adults still say that parents should be teaching their children about sex.
“Parents want their children to delay, delay, delay [sexual activity], ideally until marriage.” Says McDermott.
“in spite of evidence to the contrary, and the overwhelming objection from parents, certain ‘progressive’ individuals in our system think they know better,” concluded McDermott. “The bottom line is they think they can do a better job of raising your children than you can, so you should just submit to their social engineering.”