Prepare for the next woke surge of education: intensive sex education for children as young as 5 years old, courtesy of a new bill in the state Senate.
New York’s health curriculum will be tied to guidelines written by a left-wing interest group that promotes “Sex Ed for Social Change,” according to legislation introduced by state Sen. Samra G. Brouk, a freshman Democrat from Rochester, which would make those lessons mandatory statewide.
Public and charter schools will be required to educate 5-year-olds about “gender identification” and 8-year-olds about hormone blockers to avoid puberty in transgender-identifying preteens under the group’s existing guidelines.
Children as young as 11 years old will be taught about “vaginal, genital, and anal sex,” as well as gender identities such as “queer, two-spirit, asexual, pansexual,” and how to use external and internal condoms, dental dams, and other contraception.
Brouk told The Post, “I am greatly concerned about the unacceptably high incidence of relationship violence, sexual harassment and assault, and online bullying in our society today. We must equip the next generation with the skills and education they will need to thrive.”
Her plan, on the other hand, will bind New York City schools to the US Sexuality Information and Education Council’s changing recommendations (SIECUS).
Assemblyman Michael Reilly (R-SI), a member of the education committee, said, “We will be outsourcing our program to this outside organization.” “That is a cause for concern.”
“The state constitution guarantees a basic education, but nowhere does it say ‘we have to prepare our kids to change their sex if they want to,’” said Sam Pirozzolo of the New York City Parents Union. “We have schools where 95% of kids can’t read or do math at grade level, and now they want to bring in these complicated social justice issues? That’s BS.”
And parents who support sex education in schools are concerned about the controversial topics that the bill will entail.
Ken Jewell, a Manhattan family law attorney whose two children attend New York City public elementary schools, said, “It’s unacceptable.” “These are concepts that children of that generation are not yet capable of comprehending.”
Jewell supports early-grade personal space and pedophilia prevention education, but believes Brouk’s measure “goes too far.”
“As a father, I want my child to be equipped to recognize when something is wrong,” he said. “However, I don’t want to instill wisdom in their minds that robs them of their childhood innocence.”
Professors from Montclair State University recently promoted early sex education as a way to discourage child sexual exploitation and, later, relationship violence.
New York is one of 22 states that does not have a statewide sex-ed mandate. Except for HIV/AIDS education, which is mandated for grades K-12 using lesson plans that are “consistent with community values,” state law leaves the issue up to local school districts to determine.
That means lower-grade instruction on viruses and the immune system, with no mention of sexual interaction before fourth grade in New York City public schools. Beginning in sixth grade, students in middle and high school receive sexual health education in city schools.