105 Peavey Rd, Suite 116, Chaska, MN 55318
April 12, 2007
Department of Education
promotes graphic and offensive
Testimony presented Tuesday, March 27, 2007, in opposition to HF 615,
mandating Comprehensive Sex Education on all public schools, grades 7
sex education curriculum to teachers.
This picture of the Minnesota Department of
at the February 2007
Health Education Conference
shows the Minnesota Department of Education promoting
Comprehensive Sex Education Curricula,
"Reducing the Risk" and "Safer Choices".
By Barb Anderson, former teacher, with input from Gayla Bell, parent in
the Eden Prairie School District
Some legislators have raised the question as to whether these
materials are in actual use in the Minnesota public schools. Brenda
Corbin, health teacher at North High School in the Minneapolis
School District stated on March 26th that she has used the Birds
& Bees Project and she would use them again.
The Minnetonka School District also uses the Planned
Parenthood-recommended Birds & Bees curriculum in presentations to
West Suburban Teen Clinic, which receives funding from Planned
Parenthood, uses the Birds & Bees Projects materials and speaks to
health classes in Hopkins. They teach and give to
students graphic and offensive materials all under the guise of
comprehensive sex education.
Birds & Bees Project regularly presents their anti-abstinence
materials to students every quarter for each health class at Eden
Prairie High School.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Bird & Bees Project
works hand in hand with MOAPPP [Minnesota Organization on Adolescents
Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting], Planned Parenthood and the school
based clinics in Minnesota to bring in graphic comprehensive sex
education to lower and lower grade levels.
Comprehensive sex education does not affirm family values and sexual
morality. The graphic and illicit detail of their various curricula
such as Bird & Bees Project or Reducing the Risk is a disgrace.
Giving multiple sexual options to kids is only producing more injured
youth. Our teenagers in Minnesota are contracting more and more sexually
transmitted diseases. HPV is epidemic. Comprehensive sex education
has failed and we do not need additional classes with this kind of
teaching. Please reject this bill to mandate comprehensive sex
I have given previous testimony as to the danger of mandating the graphic
and offensive content of comprehensive sex education as in Birds &
Bees Project. Briefly I will share highlights from two more
comprehensive sex education curricula: Reducing the Risk and
Safer Choices. Both of these are Recommended Curricula by
MOAPPP and were on display in the MN Department of Education booth at the
MN School Health Education Conference last month.
[EdWatch note: Rep. Neva Walker, the author of the bill to mandate
Comprehensive Sex Education on all Minnesota 7th through 12th graders
brought up the Executive Director of MOAPPP as the chief testifier on
behalf of her bill, HF 615, when it was heard in the legislative
committees. MOAPPP is the chief group behind HF 615.]
REDUCING THE RISK: Building
Skills to Prevent Pregnancy STD & HIV
- Reducing the Risk has been used in the Fridley School
District for the past seven years. The condom is the centerpiece of
- Responsible sex is either abstinence or sex with a condom.
Both actionsto abstain or protect (page 2) are seen as equally valid
choices. Minors having sexual intercourse (page 1) are viewed as
participating in responsible alternatives for teenagers.
- Teachers are instructed to be neutral regarding choices. The
curriculum states (page 2), No judgment is made about which of these
responses is best. Page 109 says, remind students that this information
is for when they decide to have sex The decision is up to themADno
- Gender-neutral names such as Lee and Lee, Taylor and Bobby or Chris
and Pat are used in role-play lessons so the reader will not know if the
partners are same-sex or opposite sex. On page 19 the narrator
says, Lee and Lee have been going out for three months, and although
taking it slow, theyve been getting closer to having sex. Theyre
sitting on the sofa together. Music is playing. Lee and Lee
begin to get down to some serious kissing and
touching. Sexual petting and mutual masturbation are
not discouraged. As long as a condom is used for protection, sexual
activity is ok.
- Lesson plans include condom and foam shopping (page 119)encouraging
students to discover locations, brand names, prices, whether condoms are
lubricated, and whether they are plain or with a reservoir.
- Three forms of intercourse are presented as equivalent. Page
123 states, Condoms made of latex provide good protection from HIV when
used correctly and consistently during, anal, vaginal or oral
sex.Condoms must be used from start to finish during every act of anal,
vaginal or oral intercourse.
- Students practice visiting or calling a clinic (page 125), and even
planning how to catch a bus or train from their school to the
clinic. Page 141 states, You do not need a parents permission to
get birth control at a clinic. No one needs to know that you are
going to a clinic.
- Safer Choices
contains same or similar comprehensive mixed messages. Students can
learn to say NO to having sex or NO having unprotected sex. (page 81)<
- The objectives (page
197) state that Students will be able to: Describe the steps for
proper use of condoms and Demonstrate the proper use of a
condom. Classroom lessons have students practice in pairs
unrolling a condom over 2 fingers of their handstressing that they need
to hold the condom at the base of the penis when the penis is pulled out
of the partners body. (page 201) On page 266 it states, Put the
condom on after the penis is erect and before it touches any part of a
partners mouth, anus or vagina.
THIS IS MOAPPP RECOMMENDED CURRICULA!
House Authors of HF 615: Walker; Greiling; Mariani;
Erhardt; Clark; Tingelstad; Huntley; Slocum; Hansen; Murphy, E.; Solberg;
Slawik; Anzelc; Hornstein; Laine; Thissen; Davnie; Benson; Ruud;
Kelliher; Sertich; Loeffler; Kranz; Tschumper; Tillberry; Johnson;
Hausman; Liebling; Hilstrom.
THIS IS COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION.
Roll call votes by members of the
House Education Committee and members of the
-12 Finance Division Committee
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