In todays society we often see the overstepping of local leaders, politicians and school curriculum. In Washington State the legislator is arguably pushing the limits by trying to push senate bill 5395. Senate Bill 5395, passed by the legislature in 2020, is suspended pending the results of Referendum 90 in the 2020 General Election. If it becomes law it will require all schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) by the 2022-23 school year. CSHE is defined in the bill as: Recurring instruction in human development and reproduction that is medically accurate, age-appropriate and inclusive of all students. This has angered thousands of parents across Washington State claiming that this is a massive overreach and that sex education should not be taught by the school districts. Washington State is not the only state that is trying to pass this type of legislation. Last year, for example, six states—Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island—added language about consent or healthy relationships to their standards.
The real question: Is this what the majority of parents want for their children? In my personal opinion I believe that it should be the responsibility of the custodial parent to teach their children the birds and the bees. This isn’t the 1960’s anymore where sex is a socially taboo subject, therefore parents should feel more comfortable then their parents did explaining the “facts of life.” In this day and age it seems that parents far to often outsource their parenting to teachers, pastors, or other mentors instead of rolling up their sleeves and doing the work themselves. Just remember that every person is bias in some way, shape, or form. Do you really want to leave such an important subject to a first year teacher or other novice in your child’s life? Lets get back to taking responsibility ourselves and being involved totally in our children’s development.