Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE)
What is it?
The umbrella term “Comprehensive Sexuality Education” (CSE) encompasses most sex education for school-aged children that emphasizes risk-reduction techniques as opposed to character-based education that provides children with skills and tools to avoid risks altogether.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education, sometimes called Comprehensive Education on Human Sexuality, has entered classrooms all over the world. A modern form of sex- education, it has no age limit, starting from pre-school and accompanying children all the way through high school and into adulthood.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education usually implies an approach to human sexuality far from what the majority of parents deem fit for their children. Curricula professing to represent a CSE approach are replete with controversial topics, including teaching very young children about sexual pleasure, sexual orientation, gender identity, and access to and use of contraceptives, abortion, and other drugs and medical procedures that carry their own health risks.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education is also likely to jeopardize their health and wellbeing. While CSE is frequently invoked as a way to prevent teenage pregnancies, the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs – also referred to as sexually transmitted infections—STIs), and even violence against women and girls, CSE may in fact undermine its professed goals.
Topics commonly found in most K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education programs:
- Kindergarteners discuss their genitalia and masturbation.
- 3rd graders discuss they may not be the gender they were born and that can change their gender.
- 6th graders discuss how to access birth control, including abortion.
- 9th graders discuss the “benefits” of sexual behaviors.
Where did it come from?
The World Health Organization (WHO) is teaching children about masturbation with a video showing adults talking to children about their genitals, as part of the new ‘Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)’ guidelines.
The clip above shows an adult telling a nine-year-old girl, “sex is not only functional when you’re just making babies. I’ve said before that it’s also fun to do, you discover how your body works, and how my body works.”
The same woman then explains to the girl that touching your clitoris “gives you a very nice feeling; it’s actually very nice when you’re touching that button. For example, you can rub it with your finger.”
Another adult is then shown asking a toddler: “Do you ever play with your d*ick? Do you ever play with your willy? Yes, and how does that feel?” Before asking whether the boy plays with his genitals at school.
CSE aims to “equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to… develop respectful and sexual relationships,” states a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
United Nations agencies and international organizations have drafted CSE guidelines and remain among the strongest advocates of its further implementation at all levels. Information about CSE can be found in UN documents, reports published by international organizations, CSE advocates, or other sex education and children’s health providers.
United Nations Member States are not bound to accept or legitimize CSE in UN resolutions and programming; nor are they obliged to implement CSE curricula at the national level. In fact, based on the evidence below, they should reject both the terms and the ideology behind CSE to protect the best interests of the child.
How can you spot it?
Ask for your child's sex education curriculum and, more specifically, the lesson plans.
What can be done about it? Opt your child out.
If you don't like what you see, you have the right under The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 U.S.C. § 1232h to OPT your child OUT of sex education. Ask your principal or superintendent what the opt-out process is in your school district. Some schools have district-specific opt-out forms that simply need to be signed and turned in to school officials. Be sure to keep a copy of your form and to follow up with your school to make sure the form was recorded. If your district does not provide an opt-out form, ask how to opt out. Some districts do not want students to opt out, so they do not make the opt-out forms readily available.
The Pacific Justice Institute provides Opt-Out Forms for various states here: State-Specific Public School Opt-Out Forms. A sample of the content from one of the forms is below:
- Opting Out - Parents Defending Education
- Parental Consent Letter, America First Legal
- The legal balancing act over public school curriculum, Phi Delta Kappan
- Question & Answer Guide On California’s Parental Opt-Out Statutes: Parents’ and Schools’ Legal Rights And Responsibilities Regarding Public School Curricula, California Safe Schools Coalition
- The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment: A Toolkit For Parents, America First Legal
- Data Mining Your Child: What You Can Do To Stop It (Opt Out), Courage Is A Habit
What can be done about it? Get Involved.
1) Run for your local school board, city council or relevant committee.
2) Propose new policies or alter existing ones that eliminate childhood indoctrination (flag, sexual education & survey policies are perfect for this approach).
3) Report on the state of education in your local school. Capture videos of indoctrination in the classrooms, take photos or make copies of propaganda, including flags, posters, surveys and flyers and share with other parents/caregivers who may not be aware of what is happening in your school district.
4) Engage with like-minded communities across social arenas to share information/build awareness.