Pono or Porno : Hawai’i Sex Ed Choices

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What the heck are the Hawai’i Public [or rather Pubic] Teachers thinking?  A new sex education program being introduced called “Pono Choices” gets into explicit sexual activity.  To the point of actually describing certain sexual acts in graphic detail.  The program is targeted at middle school children ages 11 through 13.  This 10 hour program has been taught to about 1,700 middle school students at a cost of $800,000 as a pilot program.  One state legislator has concerns about the programs content.

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“Pono”, in the Hawaiian language means: goodness, uprightness, morality, of moral being. Of course, we all know the definition of porno, but is this curriculum’s content seems inappropriate for middle school children of 11 to 13 years of age?

State Rep. Bob McDermott, whose eight children are enrolled in Hawai’i’s public schools, doesn’t want his children exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program.  He believes parents should have the say in a subject matter that goes outside the normal education curriculum of reading, writing and math.

From Hawai’i Reporter:

McDermott said the program is “medically inaccurate” and not biology based, and that it teaches children about topics such as anal sex, sex with multiple partners and how to put on a condom — using a cucumber or wooden replica of a penis.

“The program normalizes a homosexual lifestyle and anal sex, while failing to warn students of the extreme dangers of anal sex; it references multiple sex partners, while failing to inform students about the health benefits of monogamy; it fails to warn students about the ineffectiveness of condoms against HPV, herpes, and anal sex; and fails to educate students on the stages of human reproduction,” McDermott said, providing Hawaii Reporter with an early copy of his report.

 “Any talk of anal sex — which the curriculum does frequently — is instinctively repulsive for pre-pubescent children. Additionally, calling the anus a genital — as Pono Choices does — is just plain medically wrong,” McDermott said.

I wrote to the Hawai’i State legislature asking what are they doing about this, I got a two replies from some lawmakers:

Senator Mike Gabbard replied saying he’s concerned and will look into it. Yawn!

Senator Russell Ruderman’s reply to me was less than enthusiastic, saying that he didn’t believe the program was that extreme as worded, and that he will be watchful of what’s presented to kids in school.  He doesn’t believe, which means he doesn’t know.

I got the impression from Mr. Ruderman’s reply to me was to go pound sand.  Then again, Ruderman is an extremist liberal who would probably welcome child sexual tourism in Hawai’i.

Hawai’i Reporter Malia Zimmerman, the article’s author, whom I copied on my initial message to the legislators, also replied back to me:

Being in the media, I am writing about the program and talking about it on my radio show, but believe it or not, most lawmakers are ignoring the issue, and the DOE continues to push the agenda.

 Last night there was a parent meeting at the capitol and there were several hundred people in attendance, so we will see what comes out of it.

 But the board of education is appointed by the governor and the governor, as far as i know, is in support.

We will continue to shine the light on what is happening and hope the parents will take it from here.

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Tolerance vs. intolerance – pedophile tourism – sexual tourism – its common place in countries like Thailand and in some Islamic countries where sexual predators can marry children as young as 9 years old.  Is this the future of Hawai’i tourism?  Educating children to be tolerant and accepting of dangerous sexual activity, is that the new norm for sexual education?

I don’t know if Mr. Ruderman has any children in middle school being taught this curriculum, but Mr. McDermott may and I’m sure he’s familiar with some of the material being taught.

This story has gotten the attention of other media outlets in Hawai’i.  Civil Beat is an online news media outlet that has also followed the story.  Civil beat reporter Alia Wong reports that both Rep. McDermott and Senator Sam Slom have accused the Department of Education of stonewalling them from getting any information about the controversial program.

The DOE states that anyone wanting to learn about the material, which was also developed jointly by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the DOE, said they would be willing to have a professional discuss the curriculum material.

The course material includes a teacher’s handbook, a student workbook and a digital presentation; however, the DOE has refused to hand over the information.  Both Sen. Slom and Rep. McDermott refused the DOE and University’s offer.

But why wouldn’t the UH and DOE allow the lawmakers the opportunity to review the materials for themselves?  That doesn’t make sense to me unless the material did include some material that would be objectionable to some parents.  It’s the job of the legislature to provide oversight for such things, especially since the DOE is now appointed by the governor.

As the DOE describes Pono Choices; it is described as a medically accurate teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention program for kids in grades six through eight. It was developed specifically for children in Hawaii by UH Manoa’s Center on Disability Studies through funding from the federal Office of Adolescent Health. The two-week review, according to the DOE, concluded that Pono Choices is indeed appropriate for schools.

Controversy surrounding Pono Choices — which is already being used at 12 public schools and could soon be adopted by another eight — emerged when opponents of same-sex marriage claimed its legalization would force schools to teach about the “homosexual lifestyle.” Slom, during a special session floor speech, brandished a Pono Choices workbook to argue that the DOE is already teaching kids that gay relationships and sex are appropriate.

There has been a push by liberal extremists to take parental control away from the family.  Educators and liberals have maintained that they should assume the parental role because they believe they know what’s best for the child.  Never mind that the parents’ values and religious objections to such material may be offensive to them.  However, liberals don’t believe in individual rights, parental rights, or any rights.  They believe that all rights come from the government and will be allowed by their approval.

In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a “tiny minority” who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because “the children belong to all of us.” 

Get that parents?  You are a “tiny minority” to these big government people, and your children are not really yours.  They belong to the state.

However, the larger picture may be missing here.  Whenever the state claim ownership of your children, it should ring the alarms to any parent.  History has shown abusive governments have been using children to do the states bidding.  Hitler did that with his youth corps and so did Stalin, they encouraged children to turn in their parents if they disagreed with the states policies.  Today in some Islamic countries they are using their children as human shields and even strapping bombs on them as future martyrs for jihad.  We know they have used the mentally disabled as human bombs.  Breeding the next generations of terrorism.

Gateway pundit asks, is progressive a synonym for communist?  MSNBC is a pretend to be cable news channel, socialist leaning as at best, and racist at worse.  Here’s MSNBC’s tampon girl, [remember she wore tampon earrings], Melissa Harris-Perry explaining that, although your children are yours, they don’t really belong to you.  It takes a village to raise an idiot.

Conclusion:  There has been a long pattern emerging, now with greater veracity by liberals to push an agenda of anti-American traditional values. Progressive liberals have been chipping away at American values of morality and goodness for years.  Groups that used to provided moral guidance for boys and girls, are now given the seal of progressive liberal approval of immoral tolerance.  Teachers should be educating children on how to balance a checkbook and not how to place condoms on a bananas.  That should be left to the parents to decide what sexual education meets their religious and moral values, not the state.

Liberals will argue that promiscuity will be rampant among children without their guidance.  However, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases will spread without liberal guidance anyway.  Nothing will stop neither natures desires nor the raging hormones of some pimply teenager.  Having some central planing educator introducing a melange of sexual choices at middle school ages is like grabbing a handful of prescription jellybeans drugs, and saying try these, and ignore your  parents.  Then they can eventually go to college and become a professor of leisure studies.  Some future prospects to consider.

The Boy Scouts now allow gay members and leaders.  The Girl Scouts now sell abortions along with cookies.  Grassroots groups like the Tea Party have been trying to take back the letter of the United States Constitution: Individualism, liberty and freedoms. But the progressives liberals are taking your rights away for government dependencies, selfishness and entitlements.  It’s an government proscription for addiction that once hooked, it cannot be changed.  We’ve seen this before in history, and it has never turned out well.

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