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April 18, 2007
Groups call on legislators to reject unhealthy, anti-family,
|For Immediate Release
||Thursday, April 18, 2007
|Contact: Dr. Karen Effrem
anti-parent provisions in the House K-12 education spending bill
ST. PAUL Two Minnesota groups jointly released a list of top reasons
for legislators to reject unhealthy, anti-family, anti-parent provisions
in the House K-12 education spending bill. The Minnesota Family Council
and EdWatch today called on House members to reject the provisions which
they call dangerous and an unwarranted government intrusion into
parenting when the bill is up for a floor vote today.
Government intrusion into parenting unhealthy for families and
Dr. Karen Effrem of EdWatch identified five different early childhood
proposals that are highly objectionable. These are nothing short of a
government assault on the minds of our children and a massive takeover of
parenting in the state of Minnesota, she said. One example she listed
was government setting norms for all children from birth to age five in
areas like mental health, gender issues, diversity training, and
environmentalism. These have nothing to do with closing the achievement
gap, she stated.
Psychiatric screening is another area the groups highlighted. The
controversial mental screening program, TeenScreen, has drawn intense
public opposition. HF6 simply hides TeenScreen by giving it a generic
name to avoid the controversy, stated Effrem, but the author made it
clear that TeenScreen is the program that will be funded. The language is
Curricula used for comprehensive sex education unhealthy for
Tom Prichard of Minnesota Family Council said that HF6 would force
comprehensive sex education programs on all middle and high schools in
the state. This is an unhealthy proposal which will be foisted on
Minnesota students in every grade from 7 through 12.
After reviewing several sex education curricula added Chuck Darrell
director of communications for MFC, we are certain the instruction will
lead to more teens engaging in unhealthy, dangerous forms of sexual
activity like oral, anal, and even anal-oral sex. The content is
graphic and offensive and even made legislators blush in legislative
hearings on the bill.
A recent study showed an explosion in STDs and STIs including
Chlamydia. The reason for the explosion is not abstinence. It
is because children are being taught to engage in unhealthy sexual
activity, said Darrell.
The discussion of abstinence in comprehensive sex education is merely
window dressing, said Prichard. The focus of the curriculum is use
of contraceptives. In addition, marriage is not encouraged.
We cant ignore marriage when sexual activity is discussed, he said. 93No
legislator should support such a program.
We are asking legislators to drop these intrusive provisions. If
they are not dropped, legislators should reject the overall bill,
Prichard said. Minnesota parents dont want the state promoting programs
that undermine our childrens health and well-being.
Top Reasons to Vote Against HF
1. Early Childhood Unhealthy Government Assault on the Minds of
Children and a Massive Takeover of Parenting
- Implements a radical Profile of Learning style system of curriculum
and assessments for preschoolers.
- Government Control - Sets government norms for children birth to age
5 in controversial areas like mental health, gender issues, family
structure diversity, careers, and environmentalism that have nothing to
do with closing the achievement gap.
- Creates another Government Bureaucracy - Creates a new government
bureaucracy for every aspect of early childhood care and education via
public school and community hubs.
- Lacks accountability to parents - Puts a private, non-elected,
non-governmental agency (MELF) in charge of setting public early
childhood policy with absolutely no accountability.
- Puts government and MELF in charge of curriculum in all public,
private, and religious child care programs via quality rating systems
2. Mandates Unhealthy Comprehensive Sex Education
- Erodes local control - New state sex education mandate for all
Minnesota public school districts.
- Not age appropriate - Comprehensive sex education curriculum is
notorious for being extremely explicit and graphic. The provision
would mandate all public schools teach children grades 7 through 12
"comprehensive family life and sexuality education" and
encourages it be taught to children K through 6.
- Encourages unhealthy sexual activity A review of sex ed curricula
reveals instruction that teaches children how to make dental dams to
perform oral and anal-oral sex. While the language of bill talks
about age appropriate material, what comprehensive sex ed advocates view
as appropriate material is much different from what the general public
views as appropriate.
- Abstinence instruction virtually ignored - Mandates "education
about the use of protection and contraception" and only gives lip
service to abstinence education.
3. Psychiatric Screening Controversial, ineffective at reducing
suicide, high false positives, stigmatizing, leading questions may be
damaging to youth, leads to overuse of dangerous and ineffective
medications even for very young children.
4. International Baccalaureate (IB) Un-American Curriculum
- TeenScreen is disguised as suicide prevention grants in a Safe
Schools levy. It allows districts to levy for controversial federal
violence prevention program that can label kids as potentially violent
based on perceived intolerance by racial, ethnic, religious, language,
gender, sexual orientation, ability, or physical appearance
- Government Control - State Advisory Board established to recommend a
Minnesota universal infant mental health screening program.
- No incentive to notify parents - Contains no requirement for the
state to inform parents of existing state law that they may
conscientiously opt out of preschool screening.
5. Tax increases will be required to pay for all of these
expensive, ineffective, and radical programs that will destroy the family
budget and force more mothers into the workforce to the detriment of
- Promotes world citizenship.
- Makes Minnesotas education standards subservient to IB
- Promotes UN principles, documents and treaties at the expense of
American rights, documents, and principles
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