With school board elections now behind them, the left-leaning majority of the Fairbanks North Star School Board heard a request from the school district to approve highly explicit sex education videos and graphic materials for grades 6-12.
The Oct. 19 school board heard from Chane Beam, the district’s executive director of teaching and learning. Most board members expressed serious reservations about the sex-ed materials, and ultimately asked the district to withdraw its request and reevaluate whether the suggested videos and lessons were even fit for the board’s consideration and debate.
Requested by teachers, the materials tell students, as young as age 12, how to have sex or stimulate their partner, and gives them advice on how to select appropriate contraceptives, including the Morning After Pill, which can cause early abortions.
One video emphasizes that students have the right to hormonal, surgical and manual contraception without ever having to inform their parents. Another highlights the benefits of hidden contraceptives that maximize a teenager’s ability to conceal its use.
The proposed middle school materials present sex as something most people engage in at some point, and instructs teachers to tell children about “vaginal, anal and manual (using hands) intercourse, or oral-genital stimulation, with a partner.”
Other materials introduce students to a host of contraceptives, including Plan B which can kill a newly conceived baby at the earliest stages of development.
One video tells Minors they can consent to sexual health and birth control without parental approval.
Students play bingo games to make the lessons fun, and take quizzes to see if they can faithfully restate the lesson’s main points. They are also asked to rank favorite contraceptive methods while learning that “abstinence means different things to different people,” and that it’s okay if some students want to engage in certain sexual activities while abstaining from others.
One lesson instructs middle schoolers how to properly ask someone to have sex with them. At no point is sex presented within a traditional moral framework with an emphasis on abstinence. Rather, the underlying philosophy is that sex is a biological process that just needs to be done safely and with full consent of both partners. Likewise, the curriculum uses a gender-neutral format which is easily applicable with heterosexual or homosexual sex.
A video for middle schoolers and high schoolers features OBGYN Danielle Jones stating that “50% of people have a vagina.” Jones’ video spotlights a young teen showing off her stained underwear and talking about the fact that vaginal discharge is normal. At one point Jones talks about what can happen when inserting a “toy or penis” into the vagina.
Alaska law requires that the material first be approved by the school board.
Other videos by Jones, which are not part of the Fairbanks curriculum, blast Texas’ new pro-life law banning abortion once a heartbeat is detected. Other videos celebrate transgenderism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
A proposed video for high schoolers talks about the many benefits of contraceptive pills, IUDs, vaginal rings and other hormonal and surgical contraceptives for adolescents. Many of these options can lead to low estrogen levels, thrombosis, decreased bone density, heavy bleeding and cramping. Despite these side effect, the video points out: “Minors can consent to healthcare related to sexual health and birth control. They do not need parental approval.”
A separate video for high schoolers attempts to convince teens that the Plan B (or Morning After Pill) does not cause abortions. The speaker repeatedly emphasizes that this drug “does not cause an abortion.”
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According to the product label attached to Plan B, it can, in fact serve as an abortifacient by preventing “attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (womb).” Since a “fertilized egg” is in fact the earliest stage of human life, Plan B can kill this life by blocking access to the womb, which is necessary for nutrition and continued development.
In order for these materials to be taught in Fairbanks schools, Alaska law requires the material first be approved by the school board.
Click below to view the list of the proposed additions to the Fairbanks sex-ed curriculum.
- Comprehensive Sex Education and Sexual Health Preview
- Mama Doctor Jones Video
- Birth Control Options
- Contraception for Adolescents – Pediatrics
- How the Morning After Pill Works and Stops Pregnancy
- To review the materials in person, parents may go to the school district’s Administration Center (520 Fifth Ave., Second floor), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Click here to contact members of the Fairbanks School Board.