School district bows to parents’ pressure over sex education textbook
Bowing to intense pressure from conservative parents, Fremont Unified School District of California has temporarily pulled the controversial ninth-grade health education textbook "Your Health Today," which openly depicts sex as fun.
Fremont Unified School District Superintendent Jim Morris announced the district's decision temporarily suspect the use of the textbook until parents' concerns are addressed. He added that the publisher of the textbook, McGraw-Hill, had been asked to make necessary changes to the book to make it appropriate for ninth grade students.
However, Morris insisted that the controversial textbook contain current, accurate, factual as well as relevant information about sex for young students.
Speaking on the topic, he said, "Administration and staff believes the textbook will be an asset to our health curriculum in that it provides the current, accurate, factual and relevant information our students need to make responsible decisions about their health."
The school district pulled the book after nearly two thousand concerned parents signed an online appeal to remove the health textbook from school curriculum. A ninth-grade student's mother Asfia Ahmed likened the textbook to pornography. She pointed out that the book contains references to sexual anatomy, bondage, oral sex, masturbation.
Nevertheless, advocates of sex education suggest that parents should not put their discomforts ahead of their children's needs for useful and empowering information to cope with emerging sexualities.
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