Bishop Unified School District Approves Sex Ed Program 4-1
Following three hours of public comment, the Bishop Unified School District approved the sex
education curriculum developed by the Inyo County Office of Education with a 4-1 vote. The
public comments were more evenly divided with 34 asking for approval and 26 against. Some
Board members noted the fact parents could opt out of the program as one of the reasons for
the “aye” vote.
Sex Education is required in California schools with the passage of the Healthy Youth Act,
expanded to include discussion of sexual orientation, gender identification, sex trafficking and
information on contraception and HIV treatment.
Illissa Twomey, with the ICOE explained the criteria used to select the specific curriculum. That
process includes communication with parents. The curriculum is a “teaching tool” and also
includes adolescent development and body image. Parents have the option to pull their
children out of the program.
Some of the comments during public input session:
“Kids are curious and may get questionable sources of information. Abstinence is
unrealistic. Everyone will eventually have sex.”
“It’s a good program; it will save lives.”
“Kids see stuff on-line. We need to give them the tools to say ‘no’.”
Reduction in teen pregnancies in communities where sex ed was included in the curriculum
was noted by a number commenters.
Parents are often not comfortable talking to their children about sex.
Some speakers equated the curriculum to pornography.
Roll playing, as part of the discussion on sexual orientation and masturbation, was confusing
for the students.
One parent suggested a permission slip to allow the child to attend sex education sessions
rather than just a procedure to opt out of the classes.
Some felt the younger students were not ready for the curriculum.
The concept of sexualization of children came up during public comment and by Board
member Josh Nicholson. An article in the Harvard International Review from 2019 seemed
to contradict that reference focusing instead on the commercial clothing and services for
children, inappropriate images or logos and establishing laws protecting the right to sue
companies using explicit messages. The article goes on to explain the best defense against
the impact of these media images was “informed, positivity-primed sexual education….not
restricted to the abstinence-based or a pitfall-prone attitude.”
Following board discussion, chair Steve Elias summed up the issue: “The question tonight is this the right curriculum. We vetted the options, hired consultants to recommend a policy
appropriate to this community. We have the flexibility, we have choices. I believe in our
educators; we can go back and clean-up the program.”
With the option for parents to pull their children out of the sessions on sex ed, the curriculum
Public schools need to teach kids to read, write, do math, learn scientific principles, actual history (not narratives) and how to produce and/or enjoy art and music. Public schools need to keep the spin and influencing out. My experience with Bishop Schools for the last 40 years is that they… Read more »
Ask a Parent If my memory serves me right, back when I went to school in the 70’s, there was sex education taught, and if I’m not mistaken, a required course… Sure, nowdays a LOT different, but don’t think it’s a Government conspiracy, mind control and left-wing “agenda” by doing… Read more »
So many Qanon talking points regurgitated by a Qaren, so let’s go: 1) “actual history (not narratives)” So, you don’t want history classes to tell the story of a family traveling the Oregon Trail, but rather provide a list of dates and events, disconnected from any narrative? That sounds like… Read more »
Where does Anatomy and Physiology fit into your curriculum ?
I don’t have kids in school now, and I didn’t watch the meeting, but, my questions are: Did Mr. Nicholson get “the chance to sit in two classes” because he’s a board member ? Because he’s a parent ? Did he just show up ? Is this opportunity given to… Read more »
Mr. Nicholson declined to have his children educated in the public grade school system where he now serves on the Board.
The option to pull your kid out amounts to an option to make your kid a pariah. Which is reason #1,598,567 private schools are thriving.
#1 being that most refuse to take SPED students; #2 being the inherent classism of only taking students from socioeconomic backgrounds capable of paying tuition; and #3 being that many often kick out lower performing students so they look better.
But sure, whatever.
‘private schools’ are too expensive for most to attend. What you might be referring to is ‘home schooling,’ a polite way to say ‘protect my kids from ideas my religion and my prejudices don’t like so they won’t grow up to be educated about things that scare me.’ Or you… Read more »
The home school comment may be on spot for some families but it is still a generalization which demeans a lot of kids and their families unnecessarily. I was a district coordinator for a home school program (the district got ADA for the kids and I could access materials and… Read more »
good response, m.r. You know the system better than I do, it’s clear. I have known home-schooled kids from the 70s through the 90s who were interesting and smart and educated in ways I was not who had been home-schooled. I would quibble, though, that I’m not demeaning the kids… Read more »
Agreed. Homeschooling has a WIDE divide. Even more so in some other states, where there is virtually no oversight. I have definitely known homeschooled people who were knowledgeable, inquisitive, and eloquent. And those who were none of the above. Honestly, I’d say they are more likely to be one extreme… Read more »
All grade levels, even kindergarteners?
The curriculum is used in grades 6-8 (middle school).
The American Psychological Association defines “sexualization” as occurring when a person’s value comes only from her/his sexual appeal or behavior. Education is not sexualization. Josh is attempting to misuse the word to fabricate outrage. Far more concerning, Josh Nicholson also related a story about how he went into a Sex… Read more »
Those are pretty bold and accusatory comments for someone who doesn’t put their full name to them. All my information is public if you or anyone are willing to have a real debate or discussion.
I’m quoting your comments in a public forum; let’s run through it. Anyone can go to the video and go to time stamp of 2:54, when you began a speech about it. We’ll be clear as to what you yourself said was the chain of events by quoting you directly:… Read more »
the same guy who, with “three defendants who worked for the county, have been sued for allegedly releasing private and protected information on Hollowell during the last campaign for Sheriff” ? I hope the voters of Inyo County continue to decide this is the wrong person to have the influence… Read more »
Wouldn’t count on it. He fits in very well at CBC, CBC, the BMA and many churches in the community they have gone all in on Trump and Christian Nationalism and have proven they care more about power then truly demonstrating the love of Jesus. Everytime they get up to… Read more »
Always an oxymoron when the words “trump” and “Christian ” are used in the same conversation or sentence…
I’ll put my *name to those “accusatory” statements. That is exactly what you said, and not the least of it either. Those are direct quotes from you describing auditing a sex ed class. I highly encourage everyone to watch the footage. No one needs to debate you…again.
My first response was apparently rejected, so let’s try a shorter one: Anyone can go listen to the board meeting. Timestamp 2:54 It’s not “bold and accusatory”, it’s your literal words. “I got the chance to sit in two classes.” “I sat in the back and I’m looking across the… Read more »
Bravo to all of this.
You forgot to mention the main argument against the curriculum is that Q told us it is bad. Oh and that it recognizes not everyone is a straight Christian. The horror.
One More Thing. And it’s the way Q and others TELL them how to think, feel and react.. And about 30 % of our U,S, of A. population do as they say to do and do as they’re told.. And, of course, something they and them can blame President Biden… Read more »