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Supporters defend proposed Nebraska intercourse training requirements; say subjects inclusive, age-appropriate

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – After Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts asked the Board of Education to remove topics from the new proposed health education standards, supporters indirectly responded to his comments, saying the topics were actual Age-appropriate and reflect the reality that teenagers in Nebraska live in.

Last month, the Board of Education released a 60-page draft of standards that, if approved, are recommended but not required for implementation in health education in local school districts.

There is currently no standard for teaching sex education in Nebraska, and most districts follow national standards.

The draft covers eight main themes: Basics of Personal Health, Promotion of Diet and Physical Activity, Prevention of Substance Abuse, Prevention of Disease, Prevention and Safety of Injury, Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Human Growth and Development, and Health Promotion for Consumers and the Environment .

“The comprehensive health education program motivates students to maintain and improve their health. Advocate for yourself and others; Prevent illness; build healthy relationships; and avoid or reduce health-related risk behavior, ”says the draft.

The proposal involves educating students from first grade about various family structures, followed by issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation and stereotypes of gender roles in old age.

“The department’s new standards would not only teach antecedent content from kindergarten to toddlers, but also introduce non-scientific, political ideas into curriculum standards,” Ricketts said in a statement following the draft of the publication.

Written by local sex educators, religious leaders, and several organizations with medical staff, professors, and school administrators, they believe it is controversial not to talk about these issues.

“Young people benefit when the adults in their lives provide this scientifically sound, comprehensive information that really takes our complex realities into account,” said Lisa Schulze on Thursday morning during a virtual event to talk about why the integrative standards for health and health are of vital importance to young student development.

“I think adults are catching up with what our young people are navigating,” said Schulze, who works at the Omaha Women’s Fund.

The themes of the proposal also focus on sexual violence, safe and unsafe touch, and consent.

“Child consent in the proposed health standards is not about sex, especially for kindergarten teachers. The first few years are about teaching them that their body is their own and that they should expect to be respected, and that they are also taught to respect other people’s bodies and their right to say no, ”said Jo Springer from the SASA Crisis Center in Hastings, Nebraska.

Darryl Brown of the Nebraska AIDS Project is also a pastor and parent. During Thursday’s virtual meeting, he said that inclusivity in learning about health and development should not be discussed.

“You want to talk about privileges? It is never your identity and the right to be educated and represented as such for debate or legislation. “

In his statement, Governor Ricketts said the draft was developed with the help of “political activists” and provided information that was “non-scientific”. He also said that the topics included should be discussed at home rather than at school.

Marti Carrington, parent of three at Omaha Public Schools, says that’s wrong.

“Children are taught terrible stereotypes, inaccurate information, or dangerous rhetoric.”

Ricketts urged board members to remove certain topics and encourages the public to make formal comments. You can review the draft here and leave a formal comment here.

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