As you may have heard, Connecticut Senate Bill 1 would mandate “comprehensive sex education” (CSE) curriculum for every district and require the State Board of Education to recommend curriculum.
Some school districts in CT already use elements of CSE, or have adopted the whole CSE curriculum… but if this bill passes, such curriculum will become mandatory for EVERY district.
So what are the current CSE guidelines?
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) publishes Guidelines for the Sexual Health Education Component of Comprehensive Health Education to help districts in the state address sexual health education.
This a companion document to the Healthy & Balanced Living Curriculum Framework and provides guidance to school districts when developing policies, programs, curriculum and instruction in sexual health education.
Representatives from a number of CT schools and boards of education, the Department of Health, doctors, nurses and Planned Parenthood, worked together to develop these guidelines.
The guidelines also draw heavily upon the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS) which, according to Influence Watch, develops and advocates for the adoption of left-of-center “comprehensive” sexual education curricula, and opposes abstinence education and parental oversight of sex ed classes in K-12 schools. (Notice that the language used in the attached SIECUS image subtly reflects the tenets of critical race theory, including intersectionality, a term coined by CRT architect Kimberle Crenshaw.)
The curriculum framework is divided into 8 different content standards, including:
Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social Growth and Development; Accessing Health Information and Resources; Self-Management of Healthy Behaviors; Analyzing Internal and External Influences; Communication Skills; Decision-Making Skills; Goal-Setting Skills; and Advocacy.Here are examples of some of the standards:
|By Kindergarten, students will:||By Grade 4,|
|By Grade 8,|
|By Grade 12,|
|P.1.1 Identify displays of affection with appropriate people and situations||E1.1 Describe and demonstrate appropriate ways to express affection with different people in various situations||M.1.1 Examine appropriate and healthy ways to express affection, love, friendship and concern||H.1.1 Compare, contrast and analyze appropriate ways to express needs, wants and feelings in relationships|
|P.1.3.a Describe different types of families||E.1.3.a Describe healthy families and a healthy family environment||M.1.3 Examine how families may change over time, and the impact these changes may have on the family structure and individual members||H.1.3 Evaluate how families can influence the health of individuals|
|P.1.6.c Describe appropriate and inappropriate touch||E.1.6.c Explain that everyone, including children, have a right to tell others not to touch their body when they do not want to be touched||H.1.6.c Define and describe healthy sexuality and sexual expression throughout the life span|
|M.1.6.e Differentiate between gender identity, sexual orientation, and the concept of gender roles||H.1.6.e Differentiate between biological sex, sexual orientation and gender identity|
|E.1.6.f Describe different ways in which people express their gender (e.g., dress, play, choice of jobs)||H.1.6.f Differentiate between sexual orientation, behavior and identity|
The CSDE also recommends a laundry list of resources for districts to support the implementation of sexual health education programs.
The teacher resources suggested for lesson plans are all left-leaning, including: Advocates for Youth, Rutgers’ Answer Sex Ed Honestly and its related site Sex, etc., the Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (now known as ETR whose tagline is “advancing health equity”), SIECUS and Planned Parenthood. BTW - The link provided for the SIECUS Sex Ed Library actually takes you to an “adult level” sex education site that sells sex toys, penis extenders and such. Perhaps that’s a bad link?
The Family Institute has an automated email that you can use to Tell Legislators "no" to Comprehensive Sex Ed mandate in Connecticut Schools. We encourage you to take this action, and also email your legislators before March 27th, when they are expected to vote this bill out of committee.