Bait & Switch
From Horns of Jericho Blog, June 17, 2015
The grand deception that the Board of Education (BoE) became part of during their Tuesday general meeting can be considered ‘deplorable’ at best. Their actions demonstrate a lack of interest in building any sort of trust with the faith-based community. What is increasingly clear is that local media outlets (like Honolulu Civil Beat, “HCB”) were part of this grand ruse in their failure to accurately report the agenda for the Tuesday meeting.
The consideration of sex education by the BoE caught critics of Pono Choices off-guard when both local media outlets and the Board itself failed to properly disclose that the “opt-out” policy was once again being considered. The inaccuracies began when HCB reported:
The Department of Education (DoE) is now recommending a few modifications to the policy that may placate parental concerns, including changing the grades in which sex education is to be offered to grades 7 through 12, and requiring that parents have to sign their children up for the course.
Had HCB done their due diligence and actually looked at the documents they linked in their article, they would have noticed the glaring discrepancy in proposals put forth by the Board. To date, HCB’s Jessica Terrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) has offered no apology, retraction or correction for the glaring inaccuracies in her earlier reporting.
The discrepancy (reported in a previous post) was between a memo provided to Board chair Don Horner and exhibits provided by the Board. While the memo addressed formalizing a policy of “opt-in”:
“A student shall be provided with sexual health instruction only if the student’s parent or legal guardian provides prior consent. A student’s parent or legal guardian may consent to sexual health instruction at any time. …”
Exhibit A, outlining the proposed changes to the Department of Education’s sex education policy, presented to supplement the meeting agenda provided a contradictory message:
“A student shall be excused from sexual health instruction only upon the prior written request of the student’s parent or legal guardian. A student may not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty or other sanction if the student’s parent or legal guardian makes such written request.”
Board members in a 5-1 vote , failed to address the fundamental question that is at the core of the entire debate around sex education – trust. Parents do not trust the Department of Education or the Board of Education to vet and select a medically-accurate sexual health curriculum. These very same entities were asleep at the wheel when they allowed Pono Choices to be taught in the schools. Confoundingly, their solution to the sexual education curriculum is once again “trust us”. Parents who were betrayed by Pono Choices must once again trust a Board of Education and Department of Education that got themselves into this mess to begin with. They won’t.
Interestingly, Exhibit A was stripped almost verbatim from a proposal that the Legislature previously considered . In a rare moment of wisdom, the Legislature tabled HB459 in favor of a wait-and-see approach to the “opt-in” policy announced just months prior by the Board of Education. Perhaps the Legislature knew something the Board didn’t after holding four different hearings on the matter. Or perhaps social engineering advocates sought to get from the Board of Education what they could not get from the Legislature.
Until the Board of Education recognizes this fundamental issue, they will only perpetuate the very problem that they are trying to look past – angry parents who do not TRUST the BoE/DoE. On Tuesday, they doubled-down on deceit and provided yet another reason for these parents not to trust educational experts.
The victory that the BoE needed on Tuesday was for these parents to “opt-in” to any sex education program, but the deceit and duplicity that the Board demonstrated ensures that more than ever these parents will “opt-out”.
Blogger’s Note: In no way should this post be interpreted as criticism of sex education in public schools, but is only a critique of the ignorance demonstrated by the Board of Education. It is this blog’s position that an age-appropriate, medically-accurate, abstinence-based sexual education curriculum must be offered to any child that does not already receive age-appropriate, medically-accurate, abstinence-based sexual education superior education from another source (parent, guardian, etc.).
 Board chairman Don Horner was the lone ‘no’ vote.
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Rep. McDermott decries latest Board of Education sex ed policy
News Release from Office of Rep. Bob McDermott, June 17, 2015
Rep. McDermott calls the latest policy decisions by Hawaii’s Board of Education, to force Planned Parenthood-style sex ed on Hawaii’s students, a travesty. The BOE has taken the position that the controversial sex ed programs in public schools should revert to the automatic enrollment, opt-out model. The actual curriculum being pushed will be along the lines of what McDermott calls “sexuality education.”
“Opt-out is a bad thing, because parents should be in charge of what their children are exposed to in our schools, it diminishes parental control and involvement,” said McDermott. “This new ‘comprehensive’ approach remains medically inaccurate and continues to push social engineering over the health and safety of our children. These programs treat anal sex as a healthy, wholesome, moral equivalent of male/female reproduction.”
McDermott thinks that the liberal agenda and focus on lifestyles over health concerns where a concession to the outgoing Abercrombie appointees on the board.
“They continue to push the Planned Parenthood agenda even as they are going out the door.” Said McDermott. “They aren’t interested in strategic risk-avoidance programs that delay sexual activity and have been shown to work.”
Recently reduced rates of abortions in Hawaii were claimed as an indication of success by Planned Parenthood based “sexuality” programs, but statistics show that it might have more to do with the delay of sexual activity in teen. A factor that is contrary with Planned Parenthoods messaging. In 1993, 44.3 percent of Hawaii high school students ever had sex; but by 2013, the rate had dropped to 35.9 percent; a full 10% under the national average.
“This was accomplished under the old DOE policy of ‘abstinence-based’ sex ed that they now want to get rid of,” continued McDermott. “By encouraging sexual experimentation, at younger and younger ages, under the guise of teaching “sexuality education,” we are going in the wrong direction.”
Abstinence-based and abstinence-only programs have also worked elsewhere and statistics show that the delay of sexual activity is not only the best way to achieve fewer pregnancies and prevent STD transmission; but also leads to longer lasting and more stable marriages and higher income levels.
According to a Zogby International Poll, parents overwhelmingly support abstinence education as historically funded by Congress by a margin of 2 to 1. In fact, "9 out of 10 parents agree that being sexually abstinent is best for their child's health and future." A Rasmussen Report says that 80% of adults still say that parents should be teaching their children about sex.
“Parents want their children to delay, delay, delay [sexual activity], ideally until marriage,” says McDermott.
“in spite of evidence to the contrary, and the overwhelming objection from parents, certain ‘progressive’ individuals in our system think they know better,” concluded McDermott. “The bottom line is they think they can do a better job of raising your children than you can, so you should just submit to their social engineering.”