In 2021, Tennessee legislatures mandated family life and sex education for all public-school districts. School districts throughout the state are CURRENTLY developing their curriculum and parents WE need to pay attention to the process. Tennessee also passed a law to protect the rights of parents when it comes to teaching controversial subjects that should be discussed at home and not in a classroom. THE ISSUE, parents have to ensure districts abide with what the law states and not just align with health standards that was implemented by the Department of Education (DOE) in 2018. The standards are used as an open loophole where partisan ideology is implemented because of the vague guard rails standards provide.
Currently, 93 out of 95 counties have explicit sexual content residing in Tennessee public school libraries. The cause, a under regulated system in book selection process along with the DOE registered stamp of approval. The agenda to expose minors to such explicit literature goes even further than libraries. Organized events such as Scholastic Book Fairs are exposing students to mature content with no warning towards the child or parent.
Organizations like Planned Parenthood have recently focused on states like Tennessee and North Mississippi. They assigned an essential reproductive healthcare representative at four locations in Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. Their primary focus is to teach CSE which attempts to sexualize children, methodically dismantle gender, normalize explicit sexuality, and eliminate the nuclear family all through family life education programs in public education. What does that mean, if parents don't take action now in the planning process at their local school districts, then organizations like Planned Parenthood take full advantage to radicalize the core values of both the family and churches.
The law states that prior to adopting a family life curriculum…each LEA (School District) shall conduct at least one public hearing, at which time the program shall be explained to members of the public and the public shall have the opportunity to speak and express their opinions and concerns.
Parents have the right to review ALL materials used to teach their children in the public schools, this includes supplemental content. A school district MUST allow a parent or guardian to inspect any written or audiovisual educational material used in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education. This means the flash drives that includes the supplemental curriculum.
OPT-IN vs OPT-OUT What’s the difference? Sex Ed use to require an “opt-in” policy for Sex Ed — meaning students receive this instruction only if their parents have given prior authorization for them to participate; however, today the vast majority of school districts refuse to give back this option to parents. Instead, schools produce “opt-out” policies that require parents to, first, know that the policy exists, and second, make a formal written request to excuse their child from all Sex Ed instruction. This cycle must happen every year, for every child, in every grade level. This is a deceptive and burdensome tactic, meant to clear the way for them to carry out their extremist agenda without parental interference. Until every school district adopts an “opt-in” policy for sexual health education, the only sure way to protect your children is to OPT OUT of all such lessons until our Parental Rights are restored with "Opt-In" policies.
The law states lessons should be conducted at an age appropriate level; however, there is no clarification in the definition of age appropriate. This vague generalization of what is appropriate is a real concern. This means a district has the option initiate sex education as early as kindergarten if the district deems the lessons are age appropriate. This requires action from parents to push districts on the clarity of their definitions. Parents also need to push legislatures to make an amendment that sex education should stay at the middle and high school levels 7-12 grades NOT ELEMENTARY K-6.
The LAW states each LEA (School District) is REQUIRED to send a 30-day notification to parents when sex education is to be taught. The LAW also allows parents the option to OPT OUT of those lessons.
The law is vague in time constraints which means sex education can either be taught every day, week, or month and with an unlimited time. This is extremely concerning because even in California the law only mandates one time in Middle School and one time in High School. By setting time-constraints, there can be a set at a minimal of lessons where sex education is taught at two-hour increments and only two times during a student's public education cycle. This is important to reference because it requires the partnership of a school district and the community to determine the constraints. Which is why it is important to start that process now with your local school district.
Special interest groups and unions are pushing back on laws that provide checks and balances both at the district and teacher level. It is important to pay attention to legislation and voice your support or opposition of specific laws regarding sex education. Contact us below to receive notifications when action is required.
Coming Soon a map of curriculum being considered in Tennessee Districts.
Graphic Gang Rape and Child Molestation:
Brentwood, Franklin, Independence, Nolensville, Page, Summit, Green Hill, Mount Juliet, & Wilson Central
Masturbation: Brentwood, Alternative, Fairview, Franklin, Independence, Page, Ravenwood, Green Hill, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Watertown & Wilson Central
EXPLICIT Sexual Imagery and Content: Oak Ridge, Antioch, MLK Junior Magnet, Maplewood, Nashville School of the Arts, Overton & Stratford.
Sexual Conduct (Oral Sex): Brentwood, Fairview, Franklin, Hillsboro (Elementary and Middle), Independence, Page, Ravenwood, Summit & Green Hill
Sexually Explicit Teacher Student Relationship:
Brentwood, Fairview, Franklin, Hillsboro (Elementary & Middle), Independence, Page, Ravenwood & Summi
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