Parents of children who attend Pine Valley Middle School in California are livid over a slideshow presentation that was delivered to their 8th grade sons and daughters. A sex education lesson, entitled “10 Conception Myths,” contained some useful information, but was presented along with images that ranged from stupid to inappropriate to downright revolting.
In an effort to debunk common false ideas about getting pregnant, the presentation went way beyond the birds and the bees, showing images that, as one parent put it, you “can’t un-see.”
In the stupid category, we have the picture of a dude down on all fours like an animal, with a woman standing on his back. The message here kids? A woman can still get pregnant if she’s riding on top. Moving on to the inappropriate, there is a photo of a bunch of cockeyed teen boys acting the fools. The caption of “douche bags” is supposed to drive home the point that douching does not remove sperm.
But the most disgusting of them all is this – a man looking at us, with blood smeared all over his mouth and lips, with the caption: “A real man loves his woman every day of the month.” Really? Where is the pedagogical value in this nauseating message?
"This is horrific. This is unacceptable material," said one parent. “That's something you can't un-see. This is definitely more than R-rated. This is X-rated.”
The presentation was not put together by the school, but by Mountain Empire Family Medicine. CEO Judi Shaplin released the following statement in an attempt to quell the outrage. We have a feeling that this won’t quite do it…
We understand and appreciate that some members of our community have voiced concern about a sex education presentation delivered by Mountain Health to Pine Valley Middle School. Our organization responded to a specific request by the Mountain Empire School District for this presentation. Mountain Health recognizes the sensitivity of such material and worked actively with the school district to assure that all information was pre-screened and approved prior to presentation. We work closely with schools in our region to help all community members stay informed on health issues. We are reviewing the content of the presentation with a special attention to the specific images that have concerned some parents.
Incredulously, Pine Valley district superintendent Dr. Kathy Granger stood by the presentation, calling the sickening slideshow “factually and medically accurate.”
"We will continue to review materials and collaborate with Mountain Health to ensure that the instruction that is delivered is age appropriate with an emphasis on abstinence as the best way to prevent pregnancy and HIV/Aids infection,” continued Granger.
According to Opposing Views, which carried a photo of the most heinous of the slides, the presentation has now reportedly been modified for future sex education classes.