Eugene parents decry high school ‘sexual fantasy’ health assignment – oregonlive.com:
A Eugene high school is fielding furious questions from parents after Churchill High’s health teacher and football coach assigned students to write a short story about a sexual fantasy short of having sex.
…Teacher Kirk Miller wrote that students’ short essays should not involve “penetration of any kind or oral sex,” but that they should reference at least three items from a list of suggestions, including “romantic music, candles, massage oil, feathers, a feather boa and flavored syrup.”
Another assignment by Miller, who is new to the school this year, was titled “With Whom Would You Do It.” …The instructions for that assignment read: “List on the handout the initials of a male or a female that you would do each activity with. You may use the same person for multiple activities.”
Miller did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
Parents said that the activities in question were sexual in nature, spanning kissing to oral sex.
In an email sent to Churchill High families on Thursday night, Principal Missy Cole said she and other administrators at the high school will work with Eugene school district officials to review its high school health curriculum, which is called Our Whole Lives and was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.
Developed by who, again? What in God’s name (haha) is a school district doing adopting a high school health curriculum created by a church?
It is unclear whether the Our Whole Lives curriculum in fact calls for students to reveal to an adult their sexual fantasies or the initials of people with whom they would like to have sexual contact.
Cole wrote, “At this time, the assignment has been removed from the class syllabus and will not be a part of students’ grades. The Our Whole Lives curriculum is utilized by many districts across the state and is endorsed by the Oregon Department of Education.”
Peter Rudy, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Education, said Friday that the curriculum is not in fact on the state’s list of recommended instructional materials for high school health classes.
In Oregon, districts may choose to use instructional materials that are not on the state education agency’s recommended list and are not required to notify the Oregon Department of Education when doing so. The state does not track districts’ curriculum choices and so does not know whether other districts are using Our Whole Lives, he said.
Hard to believe, isn’t it, that we’ve opted our kids out of high school sexual education.