Can Someone Please Tell Me Why Fourth-Graders Need a NSFW Book in Their School Library?

Posted on April 26, 2016 in Public Policy, Sexuality by

ItsPerfectlyNormalCoverParents are upset after a book depicting sexual acts was shown to fourth graders.

You can call me uncool, or a prude, or whatever other trendy name for parents that don’t want their kids viewing government-approved porn. I don’t care. There is absolutely no reasonable explanation why a fourth grade student needs to see illustrations of sexual acts.

In questions is a book called “It’s Perfectly Normal.” The book has been approved for 10 years olds (maybe 4th grade, maybe 5th – depending on their birthday.) But when the book was left out at a public school library, and viewed by some 9 year olds, parents were very upset.

The Oregon school principal is apologizing after angry parents demanded to know why their kids had access to the book; especially when they were told it had been pulled from school shelves. Perhaps a better question is why has such a book been approved for 10 year olds in the first place?

Let’s do a very simple review: any image depicting people engaging in sexual activity is considered “explicit” and/or pornographic (depends on who you talk to). To view any such image a person is supposed to be at least 18 years old; as every pornographic website makes perfectly clear. So why is a school allowed to show explicit/pornographic imaged to our children and call it “health class”?

According to one article, some of the images in the book include:

“The illustrations in the book include pages of naked teens and adults, some depicting sex acts and even masturbation.”

It is absolutely mind-boggling that a book with such images would be allowed in a public school library, much less “recommended” for 10-year-old students. The message being sent is that a child cannot view such images of his/her own free will, but if the government wants to show them it is acceptable. The greater concern is the moral development of a child that is being taught about sex at an age when he/she is not prepared to handle the consequences.

Do we really want our 10-year-old kids engaging in sexual activity? If the answer is yes we have a greater moral dilemma to address. If the answer is no, the question is why we are teaching them about sex and showing them images. Again, my sentiment that there is no reasonable explanation for why fourth grade students need to see illustrations of sexual acts demands an answer.

Rather than just point out a problem (even a big problem), I want to offer some help to frustrated parents that are tired of having an immoral worldview crammed down their throats.

I recently came across a website that I found really fascinating. The site: www.kidsbiblereading.com is a site dedicated to helping parents teach their kids to love reading the Bible. One section of the website, the blog, shares blog articles, books, and videos intended to help parents with the practical aspects of raising kids. (Check out the blog here.)

The responsibility of teaching my kids to love the Bible and want to learn and read it has been impressed upon me heavily in recent years. As they grow older and take interest in books and videos I see the need to have biblical content before them. A website like this will be a valuable resource for any parent (I’ve bookmarked it!)

Sadly, it’s perfectly acceptable to show explicit/pornographic images in our public schools. But a website like www.kidsbiblereading.com would be banned immediately. Let that very sobering thought sink in for a minute.

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