Comprehensive sex education is here. If your child is in public school, you need to be informed and ready to address the perversion that is being pushed on your child in the name of “education.” Today I’ll address questions on this topic as well as link back to several articles that I know you’ll want to read.
Transcribed version of the podcast is below
Today’s Scripture Writing Challenge Verse
- 1 Peter 2:21-25
Resources Mentioned in Podcast
- MomStrong International
- Article addresses concerns about “The Body Shop” curriculum
- Oregon Health Education Standards PDF
- Sample opt-out letter— Ignore the top part. 🙂
- How to Clean Up Your School
- CA Teacher Hands Out Gender Identity Worksheet to Students
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Hey everybody, this is Heidi St. John. Welcome to the podcast. Today is Monday, September 9th. This is episode number 816— I’m going to call this the back to school episode and try to address a bunch of questions that are coming in about kids headed back— particularly to the public schools.
Stick around, I think you’re going to be encouraged
Lots of stuff going on. Everybody is going back to school. We’re back to school over here at the Homeschool Resource Center. We’ve been taking what we call Family Admissions Interviews now for several months and we’ve just started up today. So it’s our first day of classes. If you’re anywhere in the Portland, Vancouver area and here in the Pacific Northwest and you haven’t yet checked out the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center, I want to encourage you to do it. Parents are learning that they don’t have to put their kids in public school. There are lots of options.
Speaking of options, I want to just let you guys know a couple of things going on. First of all, I’m going to be traveling again here. Pretty soon I’ll be heading out to Virginia for my women’s conference Faith That Speaks and we’re going to be talking about Miracle Worker: The Life Changing Power of Following Jesus. So many good things coming up! That is September 14th in Fredericksburg. If you live anywhere between Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia— come on out and be encouraged.
On October 12th—I’ll be in Vancouver, Washington, and we’ll be gathering for my women’s conference. Happens once a year. Don’t miss it. This is my only chance to do this on my side of the country. So come on and join us. I love being able to hug your neck and pray with you wherever you are. I love just hanging out with women from coast to coast. So who’s got the best job in the world? I do! Come on out and see me at any of these events so I can say hello and hug your neck.
Part of what we want to do here is to encourage you to get off the bench and onto the battlefield, not to be afraid to address what’s happening in the culture around you— but rather to get off the sidelines and onto the front lines. This is what we’re doing this month at MomStrong International. We’re going through a study that we are calling AMBASSADOR. I’m really excited about it because we’re watching those of you who have been hanging out with me for quite a while—it’s exciting to see you guys getting off the bench and onto the battlefield and not being afraid to let your voice be heard. I’ve said many times at the, largely the reason that you’re seeing the push for the LGBT agenda in the public schools is because parents have been silent for too long. We have not let our voices be heard. We thought this was about inclusion. I guarantee you it is not about inclusion. It is about capitulation.
I have had a ton of questions come in from people who have their kids in public school. I’m going to go through them a little bit and I’m going to link back to a whole bunch of places where you guys can find information. I want to encourage you—do your homework. When you realize that there’s a new sex ed curriculum being taught at your school, go down and say— I really want to see it. Ask them to show it to you. There are some places, like California, where your kids are actually not allowed to opt out of some of these things. That’s why I’m always telling parents—your kids don’t belong to the state, they don’t belong to the school district, they don’t belong to the Teachers’ Union, they don’t belong to the school— they DO belong to you. The Bible teaches us that parents have the responsibility for raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We’re responsible to keep them from being led astray. That is so much of what’s happening in the culture right now. I’m going to read this first question that comes from a mom in Oregon.
She says: Hi Heidi. I am reading MomStrong and I love how relatable it is. I chose the book because recently everything that is stated on the cover hit home. I realize now that you are an Oregon girl too. May I ask how you were handling the constant battle with how our state is being run? I have a hard time wanting to stay where I fear my children’s freedoms are being stripped away. I fear that my freedom as their mom is being stripped away. We live in a small town in southern Oregon and our family is near us. Both my husband and I grew up here, but lately my urge to move has been sky high. Have you experienced this? We homeschool ours for medical freedom and live by the Bible and have a small homestead, but Oregon doesn’t make this life easy. Thank you for sharing your words.
This question comes to me a lot. The question is— do you ever feel like moving out of the Pacific Northwest? And the answer is: I want to be where God wants me to be. One thing I’ve learned in my life is that when I run from something, if God doesn’t say retreat—He wants me on the battlefield. The same thing is true for you. There’ve been many times that my husband and I have thought we’ll move someplace else. But guess what? We live on the earth and Satan is working all over the world, and particularly here in the Pacific Northwest, and in North Carolina, South Carolina, out on the eastern seaboard. We see it all the time.
God has not called us to run. I think sometimes we’ve forgotten who we are. I want to just encourage you to remember who you are, to study God’s Word because you are who God says you are. There was a point in which my husband and I made a decision to say we’re not going to be bullied into moving away from the town and the area that we love and have invested our whole lives in. I would rather, we will take a stand and say—no, not on my watch, these are my children. This is my home too and we’re happy to share it. What’s happening is Christians in particular, anybody who disagrees with the radical left’s agenda, are being pushed and bullied. It’s happening everywhere— particularly nasty in Oregon right now where they’re taking a medical freedom away from parents. If that doesn’t send a shiver down your spine, if it doesn’t make you want to get up and go down and talk to lawmakers and start getting involved in the political process, I don’t know what will.
We’ve got to be involved. Rather than retreat—get out onto the battlefield. Don’t let them scare you. Use your voice. This is a free country—at least it is a free country right now. I understand the fear and I understand watching your children’s freedoms being stripped away— and they’re pushing to strip the freedoms of parents away. The only way to stop that is through prayer and action. We pray that God gives us wisdom and then we are moved to action. That’s why I’m so passionate about equipping you on the podcast. That’s why you’re going to hear guests on the podcast that are going to encourage you to get off the sidelines of this thing and onto the front lines. I will be linking back to a bunch of links today. I’ll kind of go over some of them with you in a minute, but I’m going to give a read to another letter for you.
This says: Dear Heidi, I need your advice. My son is in second grade at Powell Valley Elementary School. Today he came home with a handout about the upcoming general health education that will be taught throughout the year. The curriculum they are using is called The Great Body Shop. Have you heard of this curriculum before? I’m nervous because I do not want to be naive to what the public school is trying to indoctrinate my child with. But at the same time I don’t want to overreact and opt him out of any in all health education. I guess I’m wondering what you would do and if you’re familiar with The Great Body Shop.
So first of all, Katie, thank you sweet girl for sending that letter in. Yes, I am familiar with The Great Body Shop and I want to encourage you. Here’s the deal, here’s what happens when they bring the sex education, the schools, especially if it’s new right now.
So if it’s Flash Curriculum you’re looking at— run for your cotton picking life. Frankly I don’t see The Great Body Shop as being much better, and so I looked it up just a little bit to see what parents are saying. You can opt out. At least in the Portland Centennial School district, there’s an opt out letter online, it is a little bit hard to find. I found it for you. For those of you who are not in this area, look at the opt out letter that I’m going to put in the show notes today and create your own. Your students do not have to be subjected to this ridiculous misinformation that is now being called health education. There’s nothing healthy about it, particularly not in Oregon and Washington and California.
So The Great Body Shop, everything that I’ve found online is it’s about inclusion. It’s about teaching kids to say no, it’s about teaching kids what families are, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But, they’re not actually telling you what’s in it. I found an article at Pamplin Media and they were talking about this curriculum that was adopted in 2018 for the district in Oregon. They’ve adopted the same thing and there are only two board members have voted in opposition.
I’m watching board members just kind of rolling over and playing dead. You guys— run for school board, get off the bench and on to your school board.
Here’s what one of those moms said. She said: in the Oregon health standards for kindergarten, one of the ones that Oregon has written on their own, and this is for five-year-olds, is to “discuss and communicate respectfully about people of gender identities, all gender identities, all gender expressions, and all gender sexual orientations”. She went on to say— I know a number of kindergarteners that can’t even tie their shoes and that standard is getting into a realm that I don’t think it should be in any realm in education. She said— the comprehensive inclusion of lessons around gender identity was not something she was comfortable with or would support. She noted it’s not just in one subject, she said it’s throughout, starting in kindergarten, the gender identities, teaching kids about all of these things—which really is gender confusion. She’s talking about The Great Body Shop Curriculum.
I would encourage you, if this is in your child’s school — demand to see what’s in it. Sex education — can we just give it back to the parents? What we’re seeing is not teaching, it’s not education, it’s activism. That’s what it has been. I’ve been saying this for a long time, I’m going to say it again: Education is not neutral. Write that down. Education’s not neutral. A friend of mine who is a very active liberal posted on her Instagram page a couple of weeks ago, a meme that said education is political. This black and white meme that said it over and over again. Education is political. I was like— yeah, you right. Education is political. It absolutely is. Anybody around who lives in Battleground, Washington— get ready for the fight of your life because they’re getting ready to adopt the Flash Curriculum in Battleground Washington and you can bet I’m going to be on the forefront speaking out against that stuff.
Our kids do not need to be confused about their gender and indoctrinated into this ridiculous idea that men can turn into women and women can turn into men. This is all part of what’s going on with drag Queen Story Hour. It’s driving me nuts. I’ll link back to that in the show notes today for you. I’ll also link back to the Oregon health education standards so you can see what they are. You might be surprised and frustrated. I’ll link back to a family opt out letter that if you don’t know where to find a family opt out letter— I encourage you to make your own. How about you just write: I am the parent of so-and-so child and I didn’t know my child in your sex education program. Therefore I am taking my child out during the time that you are teaching this curriculum. Parents, it’s going to mean that’s going to, it’s going to be work for you.
Go down and make sure your kid isn’t indoctrinated. The unfortunate thing is this is not just in the sex education curriculum itself. It is throughout. It is everywhere. In most of the cases in schools, right after a student approaches a teacher with a sexual health question, that educator has to decide whether or not to answer the student by giving her their opinion. If she doesn’t know that the parents had decided to opt their child out of that school sex education class, BAM— you’re gonna have an immediate sort of conflict of interest. There are lots of things like this that are happening right now around the country. Parents who are trying to say—I don’t want my kids in this program, but when you know it, they’re getting, they’re getting it anyway.
My friend Elizabeth Johnston has a website called The Activist Mommy. She put an article on the 21st of August saying parents are outraged after a California teacher hands out gender identity worksheets on his first day of school. She writes: If public schools want to push pro-LGBT and gender identity curriculum, they’re going to meet their match in parents who refuse to stay silent and accept institutionalized sexual perversion without a fight. That’s really what this is. After Luis Davila Alvarado, a science teacher at Denair Middle School in Northern California middle school attempted to explain his own gender confusion and preference for the title “Mx” rather than “Mr” with a gender identity worksheet on the first day of school, parents rightfully spoke out.
The worksheet, created by Trans Student Education Resources, invites students to explore and itemize all the different facets of their gender, including their gender identity, gender. So the different facets, meaning you’re not a boy or a girl, you could be a boy one day and a girl one day or gender expression might not match with your gender identity, who you’re physically attracted to might not match with what you identify with on any given day. So gender expression, assigned sex— because the sex indicated by your genitals when you first came into the world is only a tiny fraction of your gender makeup, of course, right? This is the ridiculousness that they’re teaching this.
This is the nature of the ridiculousness that they are teaching your children right now in the public schools. She goes on to say: How ironic that this confusing, condescending, wholly inappropriate piece of trash was shared by a science teacher. In a statement to The Modesto Bee, Denair Unified School District Superintendent Terry Metzger clarified that the handout “was not an assignment and students were not required or asked to fill it out.” Metzger also acknowledged that parents had not been notified by the teacher or the district about the handout and Alvarado did not seek permission from the principal before pushing this garbage on his students. USA Today reported that roughly 50 students received the handouts before the principal stepped in.
Now this is really important because notice the school is like— well, I don’t know, we didn’t know that it was going to happen. Here you’ve got this teacher who’s confused about his own gender, telling the kids: Hey, don’t call me Mr anymore, call me Mx. The teacher should be held accountable, but the school district won’t say how they’re doing that.
According to The Daily Mail, the stepparent of one student posted their thoughts on this issue on Facebook, saying, “The teacher said that because he was transgender and the kids had lots of questions, he thought this would be beneficial to them. Which is a ridiculous excuse I’ve ever heard. I don’t care what you identify as, that’s your decision. But NO ONE has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom.”
Remember I said that education is not neutral? Education is not neutral. It never is. The Bible teaches us in Luke 6:40 they want a student is fully trained, he will be like his teacher. I’m going to link back to an article today, and also over at Elisabeth’s website called How To Clean up Your School and Stop the Revolution. It’s just giving you lots of ideas for how to get involved if your kids are in public school, how you can get involved. It gives 10 suggestions and these are kind of big chunks to bite off. I’m gonna have you guys take a deep breath and I’m gonna read them for you here. Here’s the first one.
- First change needs to be…yourself. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps. If you’ve put off reading the school’s policies, your child’s curriculum, the recommended reading lists, and the school newsletter, do it asap. And then say a prayer for wisdom and courage. Find like-minded parents who will join you as watchdogs and warriors to do what needs to be done. Then go do it. These are your children and you don’t get a do-over.
We all know that when our kids come to us, their minds are soft, right? They’re kind of like wet cement and whatever that imprint is that you’re putting on the hearts and minds of your child— that’s your responsibility as a parent. If those hearts and minds are being imprinted by people who don’t love the Lord and have an activist, godless agenda that they want to stamp on the heart of your child, you’re gonna have a hard time rooting that out. This author suggest moving your kids to a Christian school or homeschooling them. But if that’s not an option, and you guys know how I feel about this—research and vigilance are your assignment.
- Get rid of teachers’ unions. I’ve been talking about this role a long time. Who’s the boss here? You are, taxpayer, and if parents get active, you can make sure the destructive, anti-child, anti-American policies of the NEA and its local affiliates don’t bleed all over your local school.
- Monitor your library. Are LGBTQ materials readily available, even promoted? What displays do you see in the media center? Are divisive racial politics, like disrespect for law enforcement, or praise for communists (Che Guevara, Castro) highlighted in exhibits? Wander around the library on your next visit and have a chat. If you start to see anti-American themes or promotion of high risk, deviant behaviors, take photos, post them to social media, then write letters to the school board.
He’s saying what I’ve been saying forever and ever, which is: you gotta get involved.
- Are there openly homosexual or gender defiant teachers at your school and what are they teaching kids?
I just read to you about that.
- Is publisher Scholastic still featured at your school’s book fairs?
I went to a Christian school kindergarten through 12th grade and we waited for those floppy little paper handouts to come month to month, and we loved it. I’m telling you what, they are proudly and openly promoting gender identity politics, LGBTQ pride material. It’s crazy now and it needs to end. This is being sent to your kids. Scholastic is not family friendly. It’s certainly not a friendly for Christian families. That’s for sure.
- Go to school board meetings (that might be number 1 in my book) and confirm that boys and girls will use separate facilities and join separate sports’ teams. I know it’s crazy, right? But you got to find out.
- If your kids in middle school check to see if they are teaching “comprehensive sex education,” which is an innocuous-sounding name for X-rated, porn-based child sexualization lessons.
Trust me, I’ve seen it. Um, find out what the sex education program is in your school. If it goes by the name comprehensive sex education or flash curriculum—whatever it goes by, check it out because it’s not what it used to be. I remember when I was in school, some of you guys might remember this, you know, we were in school and they separated the boys and the girls for sex education and it was always horrifying. It was just the basics, right? The birds and the bees. This is basic anatomy and we all couldn’t kind of look at each other and people say,— that was so repressive. I’d like to go back to that. I’d like to go back to that cause I got to have a childhood and were, we’re robbing these kids at their childhood.
- Are the teachers and staff forced to attend pro-“LGBTQ” acceptance trainings? Find out by starting conversations with some of the staff. Then watch for the fall-out — ridiculous pronoun policies, or secrecy about student gender identities, with parents intentionally kept in the dark—until the damage is done, as one heartbroken dad recently wrote in USA Today.
I’ll link back to that article.
- What about religion? Too many parents have discovered outrageous lessons pushing core tenets of Islam. Some children are even required to memorize portions of the Koran or attend a mosque on a field trip. Raise the roof if you discover this at your school.
- Turn to God and don’t be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Urge your kids to pray around the Pole on September 25 (That’s coming right up. We’re doing it here also at the homeschool resource center), and to stand up visibly for Christian values at school.
The light of Jesus will dispel the darkness. It really will, we just have work to do. So I’ve got lots of things to link back to in the show notes today. I know that there are a whole bunch of you that have sent me emails regarding this particular thing because you’re going back to school and you’re seeing it again in the fall.
We just had a couple of families here in Vancouver pull their kids out of one of the districts here, because there was a threat of an active shooter, a student who was threatening to come and shoot up the school. This mom called the resource center and she’s like— I can’t take it anymore. So I said—hey, pull your kids out. We’ll help you guys. Where there’s a will, there’s a way the Lord of Heaven’s armies will help you. These are His children. I want to encourage you, protect them, shelter them, love them. Teach them truth and the way they learn truth is through their parents. I appreciate you guys listening to the podcast as always. We really love it when you leave reviews for the show, you can do that by going over to iTunes. It really helps us get it out there. I told you recently that we are up to 25 million downloads now here at the podcast. We love it when you share it with your friends and help other parents to get off of the bench and onto the battlefield. Stay faithful to who God says you are. Have a great day everybody, and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.
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