A parent was kicked out of a high school sex education class after a Planned Parenthood representative decided that allowing a parent to be privy to the class goings-on would not be acceptable.
A teacher at Ferndale High School in Washington State sent a letter home to all the parents in November, informing them that his health class would be beginning sex ed class and that several of the lessons would be taught by Whatcom Teen Council members. The letter did not note, however, that Whatcom Teen Council is an arm of Planned Parenthood.
The group describes itself as a “peer education program that equips young people to be effective sexual health educators and social justice advocates in their community,” according to its website. It also makes its mission to actively work to build a group that is anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic.
Engaging parents in their children’s school life is a promising protective factor, according to research from the Center for Disease Control. “Research shows that parent engagement in schools is closely linked to better student behavior, higher academic achievement, and enhanced social skills,” its research posits. “Parent engagement also makes it more likely that children and adolescents will avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as sexual risk behaviors and tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use,” the CDC’s website adds. (READ MORE)