On the heels of yesterday’s report by Renee Nal that the Chicago Public School will not divulge the contents of its new African-American studies curriculum comes word that the Hawaii Department of Education is doing the same with its new pilot program in sex ed.
Malia Zimmerman of Watchdog.org writes that Aloha State students aged 11 through 13 have already begun learning about the birds and the bees, but the specifics of what they are being taught has been deemed off-limits to the general public.
State Rep. Bob McDermott (R), who has children of his own in the state’s public schools, is demanding that the department come clean about the contents of the 10-hour block of instruction known as Pono Choices. “Pono” is not a typo for “porno”; it is a word that in the island vernacular means “the right way” or “doing what is right.” From what McDermott is able to piece together about the instruction, which the DOE insists is “medically accurate,” he fears that porno label not may be that far from the truth.
So far approximately 1,700 middle school students have received instruction, and from what their parents have been able to glean, have been exposed to topics that many adults find graphic and inappropriate. There is a unit devoted to same-sex relationships and another devoted to the “pono” method for applying a condom. Cucumbers and a wooden replica of a penis have served as models. In one lesson children learn about same-sex relationships. In still another, 11-year-olds learn about anal and oral sex.
In a meeting with other concerned parents last week, McDermott said:
They now have chosen to hide this material because they claim to know better than parents and state legislators what material is appropriate for their children and will not tolerate interference with their plans. You, as a parent, are no longer needed or wanted in the loop.
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