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Throughout 12 years of education here in District 1J we've seen a steady escalation of curriculum that surveys children about their private sexual and political thoughts and activities.

Sadly, it's fairly well hidden--we had to fight for years to see it. Examples are included here.

In the case of the attached images from California's Positive Prevention Plus, or P3, which has been modified (yellow highlights) by Multnomah County Health Department for PPS's use, the curriculum is deliberately kept within the confines of a teacher's manual, which in turn is kept from inquiring parents under the excuse of "copyright." (Parents are actually entitled to see copyrighted material, of course.) After two years of tense interactions with the district, we were finally told that PPS had entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with the manual's publisher to keep it from parents as a "trade secret." (Again, we're unaware of any such exemption allowed by our state's parental curriculum review laws.) Staff eventually helped us obtain images of what the manual instructed teachers to do: they were to write questions (sometimes of an inappropriate nature) on dry-erase boards, and instruct students to stand under the boards that corresponded to their answers. Parents like us are told there's nothing to see, because the teachers erase the boards after class. Questions included a range of inappropriate topics, from whether a student was uncomfortable with his or her body, to what political organizations the student's family donated to.

(Also notable in the case of Multnomah County's additions, the birth control curriculum gives very specific medical advice that it isn't qualified to give, instructing students that specific drugs are safe or have no side effects; whereas they should at best simply describe the drugs and instruct students to obtain individual health advice from a professional.)

In another sex ed class, this time online, state "rubrics" that mandate "specific" and "measurable" educational outcomes were misinterpreted by the curriculum's writer as requiring students to provide specific and measurable answers about their own sexual thoughts and feelings, such as exactly when, why and how they planned to become sexually active or use birth control measures.

In civics and history, questioning included requiring students to say whether they would be attending the various partisan demonstrations and civil unrest during the worst of the Portland riots, and to say why or why not. The example included is of "Climate Strike Day," which is only one example of the partisan activities PPS has questioned students about and pressured attendance at.

The latter example, of forcing students to account for their political activities, is part of a broader "graduate portrait" requirement recently adopted--link below--which in addition to political interrogation also contains in its descriptive text (as to why the policy was adopted), many predictions that students will face climate and other disasters and face a "bleak future" (see, e.g., p.46 of the linked document).



Submitted: Sep 08, 2021