As difficult as it might be to believe, people of my generation managed to get through school without having to complete a sex education class. But these days, public school educators argue it is their job to teach children about sex. Their argument goes like this: If we don’t do it who will? Forget that the public schools are graduating students who cannot read, write, speak, compute, or think at the sixth-grade level; for some reason educators think they should be devoting their limited resources to teaching students about sex. The only thing adults taught children of my generation about sex were the concept of abstinence and personal responsibility, and—imagine this—the teenage pregnancy rate in those days wasn’t a fraction of what it is today. Unfortunately, these concepts—abstinence and personal responsibility—are not in vogue with the liberals who control public education in America.

Townhall’s Christine Rousselle (September 2014) catalogued what she called “7 Shocking Sex Ed Stories.” If anything the editors at Townhall were being kind using this title. The list could have been titled “7 Revolting Sex Ed Stories.” The examples on this list need to be shared with the broadest possible audience and subjected to public scrutiny and debate, as does the whole concept of sex education. Frankly, what passes for sex education in public schools these days is nothing but authorized pornography for children, titillation for teachers, advancement of a pro-abortion, free-sex agenda by the organizations that peddle sex-education curriculums, and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Abstinence and personal responsibility are not at the core of any of these curriculums.

The first entry on the list is the sex education curriculum peddled by Planned Parenthood, an organization whose agenda includes legalization of abortion on demand at any stage in a pregnancy, including abortions for under-age girls. Planned Parenthood has vigorously opposed laws that would require parental consent when an under-aged girl wants an abortion. The organization’s curriculum materials are so gratuitously graphic that the state of Louisiana’s Legislature has proposed bills banning Planned Parenthood’s curriculum materials from the state’s classrooms. According to Rousselle, the materials produced by Planned Parenthood were deemed “too graphic” for adult readers of two of the nation’s most liberal newspapers: The New York Times and the Washington Post. But, according to Planned Parenthood, the materials are appropriate for school children.

Another entry on the list of “Shocking Sex Ed Stories” had to do with X-rated memes referencing sex acts and using inappropriate sex-related slang in sex education classes at a middle school in California. Another entry had to do with a sex education lesson reminiscent of the self-denouncements required of those who failed to toe the line of communist orthodoxy during Mao Tse Tung’s rule of communist China. In this lesson, eighth-grade students in San Marcos, California were asked to stand under various signs that indicated how far they were willing to go sexually. The signs had such labels as all-the-way, hugging, and so on. As one might imagine, parents were not happy with this activity. I suspect the parents of little girls who stood under the “all-the-way” sign were especially concerned.

Turning sex education into a how-to enterprise, teachers in another example from the list used stuffed animals to simulate the sex act and various sexual positions for eighth graders. This same eighth-grade class was shown an anatomically correct model of the male sex organ and shown how to put a condom on it. In Kansas a middle-school from the list claims that its sex-education class is based on abstinence. Consequently, a father was not happy when he saw a poster on the wall of a classroom showing graphically how people express their sexual feelings. The poster contained information that ranged from talking to having anal sex.

Perhaps revealing part of the agenda of sex-education advocates, in another entry from t eh list a teacher displayed sexually-explicit posters in his classroom that were developed for use in gay bars. According to Rousselle, the posters contained partial nudity and inappropriate language, not to mention their indirect promotion of homosexual sex. The final entry on the list comes from Chicago where the public schools decided to begin sex education in Kindergarten. School officials want to make sure Chicago’s four and five year-old students know what to call various body parts.

Advocates of sex education got the camel’s head into the tent by claiming that the courses were designed to prevent pregnancy and venereal diseases; worthy goals but they have done neither. The fear associated with AIDS gave sex-education advocates the credibility they needed to get the entire camel into the tent. Once their camel was solidly lodged in the public education tent, advocates began pursuing their real agenda: turning sex education into a how-to enterprise that promotes abortion, responsibility-free sex, and homosexuality. Guess what? It’s working. Since the advent of sex education in public schools there has been a marked upswing in all of the elements of the left’s sex-related agenda. Is anyone surprised?