Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
By Julie Quist
Dr. Judith Reisman, in her article, “Eroticized Classrooms Target the Most Vulnerable,” states:
Among the new resources brought into the classroom as part of the federal education standards known as Common Core are materials that, but for the obscenity exemptions, would be illegal to provide to children. For example, per Common Core recommendation, at least one school district in Colorado has included Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel, The Bluest Eye, on its reading list for eleventh graders. This salacious novel presents a pedophile’s rapes of young girls as romantic fantasies. Some of its passages are unprintable here, even using asterisks. Moreover, the obscene descriptions of incest, rape, and pedophilia are presented from the perpetrator’s point of view.
If you want the evidence in Morrison’s book, this article by Politichicks provides plenty of it.
We wish this was a single example of bad judgment. It’s not. For example, one Minnesota parent submitted an exhaustive review of and excerpts from Eleanor and Park, an obscene book that was being recommended and handed out to high schoolers for a summer reading program. The review can be seen here. The least offensive way for us to describe some of the book’s descriptive imagery is to quote the parent:
There are a number of written depictions of erotic behavior that one can only conclude were included in the text to cause sexual excitement, given the age and physiological state of the intended audience.
The school’s Review Committee, nevertheless, agreed unanimously to keep the book.
According to Dr. Reisman, sexualized classroom materials, including many sex ed programs, employ techniques similar to what predators use to groom children for sexual abuse and exploitation. (See MN CPL’s, “What is sexual grooming?”) Why do most states exempt schools from laws that prohibit showing obscenity to children?
Child sex trafficking is big business. Of those arrested for buying children for sex, 65% of them are in positions of authority and trust. 56% of them are working with children. 8.4% are teachers or school employees. (TedxTalk July11, 2105 )
Dr. Miriam Grossman is a medical doctor with training in pediatrics and in the specialty of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She is author of the books, Unprotected, and You’re Teaching My Child WHAT? Dr. Grossman reviewed four of the curricula recommended by the New York City Department of Education for k-12 mandated sex education programs. She states:
The claim, “sexuality can have a positive influence on young people” endorses early sexual debut…Once students are taught that sexuality is “integral” to their identity, “a wonderful” and “positive” element of their lives – their current lives – the idea that it is an appetite in need of restraint sounds inconsistent; waiting years for the right time and person doesn’t make sense. Instead, the takeaway lesson for them is that sex, whether in middle, high school, or adulthood, in or outside of a committed and monogamous relationship, is “positive” and “healthy.”
And that is the outcome—“increased sexual activity and experimentation.” Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, Dr. Grossman says, “tell children that sexuality extends from cradle to grave; they instruct adults to explain intercourse to five-year-olds and let them know they have ‘body parts that feel good when touched.’ ”
And then there’s It’s Perfectly Normal (IPN), a popular book among educators. Dr. Reisman describes it this way:
Another book, made available to elementary-school students as young as age ten, features drawings of homosexual “lovers,” fully nude children, and boys and girls masturbating. The book assures students that such activities “are perfectly normal.”
IPN also casually and approvingly introduces the uninitiated child to anal and oral sex.
In 2014, CPLAction shared a few IPN graphics with legislators to alert them to the dangers of the pending “anti-bullying” legislation. Some schools, in the name of “preventing bullying,” consider books like IPN useful to desensitize children to what they might otherwise regard as offensive. A listing of some Minnesota schools with IPN in their student libraries can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
But our information packet angered many legislators who accused us of putting pornography on their desks. We made the evening news, but the TV station couldn’t show the graphics, because it was illegal for them to show porn on TV. Yet the Department of Education hasn’t been challenged for recommending IPN in the classroom for 10 year olds.
As recently as last month, Minnesota’s Education and Health Departments were sponsors of the Annual Minnesota Teenwise Conference at which Robie Harris, author of IPN was a featured speaker. The education establishment is all in on eroticizing the classroom!
Eroticizing the classroom is dangerous to our kids. It misrepresents what’s healthy. It negatively impacts their health, their relationships, their self–respect, their emotions, their ability to bond in future marriages. It disturbs our children by violating their moral conscience. And it can be deadly. Highly sexualized children make easy targets, having fewer and weakened defenses from predators.
Whatever your state, if your laws exempt schools from showing obscenity to children, they need to be changed. In Minnesota we witnessed the extreme example of a small, liberal, private school bringing students to a porn shop, the Smitten Kitten, as part of their sex education program to teach them about human sexuality.
When the story hit the papers, the teacher was stunned by the public outrage. Yet, the truth is, there is little to distinguish between what passes for some school curricula and porn shops’ approach to sex.
In Minnesota’s 2014 legislative session, the Senate took a vote on an amendment that would have removed schools’ exemption from the obscenity law. It was defeated, 26 to 34. This year, key legislators from both parties kept similar legislation from being introduced.
Julie Quist serves on the Child Protection League Action Board of Directors and is a former District Director to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.