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A Missoula sexual education teacher distributed a handout titled “Questions for Exploring Sexual Orientation” to Sentinel High School students, according to parents and confirmed by school officials. The questions on the handout asked students to consider changing their sexual orientation “starting right now” and to also consider the idea that “heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same gender.”
The school board was notified of the handout last Thursday, April 7th. Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Watson told school board members that his administrative team had “dealt with the situation appropriately,” according to members of the board. Watson did not reveal the identity of the teacher.
The teacher who passed the questionnaire to students alleged that they had found the handout in a school curriculum website in Idaho and that they were using the questions on the handout “as an example of offensive questions,” according to an email from Rob Watson to school board trustees.
The questionnaire is a handout from a manual titled Filling the Gaps: Hard to Teach Topics in Sexuality Education. The manual was published by a non-profit organization named Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Inc. (SIECUS). SIECUS was established in 1964 by Mary Calderone after she left Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she acted as Medical Director for 11 years. The manual’s Credits list that it was published with a grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In the preface of the manual, the words in capital letters “NOT A CURRICULUM” appear several times. The manual states that it “provides sample lessons for instructing young people” on “abstinence, condom use, diversity, pregnancy options, safer sex, sexual behavior, sexual identity and orientation, and sexuality and society.” The manual’s preface also states under the subheading “Involving Parents” that “educators ensure that parents/guardians are fully aware of the curriculum content and process” and suggests sending a letter to parents “before the program starts.” The manual also states that parents “should always have the right to opt their child out.”
According to parents of students who originally shared this handout with Free Missoula News, they were not notified of this handout or the content of the lesson beforehand.
School Board Trustee Michael Gehl said that because of Sup. Watson informed the school board after the agenda for tonight’s meeting had been set therefore the board will have to address the situation at the April 26th school board meeting.
Gehl described the situation as activist teachers “getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar” after a controversial modification to MCPS policy approved by the board last month removed oversight on “other instructional materials” used by Missoula teachers in classrooms.
Last month, the board removed their own oversight of school instructional materials by striking part of the language in policy 2311 that previously read, “Core instructional materials shall be selected by the Superintendent, or designee, and adopted by the Board prior to their use.” The policy was updated to read, “The selection of other instructional materials is not subject to board approval.”
The incident comes just as activist teachers nationwide insist on teaching children about gender and sexual identity after the passage of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education House Bill 1557. The bill prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels.
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