Florida: Sarasota School Board Candidate Marsh supports Common Core “sexuality education standards”

Ken Marsh, while a member of the Sarasota County School District staff, donated to the Keith Fitzgerald for Congress campaign. According to the Florida Family Policy Council Democrats Keith Fitzgerald and Ted Deutch offered HB 169 to the Florida legislature for consideration:

“This bill pushes what is called ‘comprehensive sex education’ upon our young people and requires teaching children about homosexual acts and how to use all of the available contraception devices. While giving a cursory mention of abstinence, the bill assumes the sexual involvement of most young people and by doing so the policy will actually encourage sexual experimentation by younger children”

Additionally, Fitzgerald co-sponsored HB 3: Gay Adoption, which allow gays to adopt foster children. He co-sponsored HCR 8003: Equal Rights Amendment, which is supported by feminists and gives additional legislative powers to the Congress.

sexedMarsh’s donation is consistent with his support of Common Core and its “National Sexuality Education Standards (NSES).” What exactly are these national sexuality education standards?

The National Sexuality Education Standards are “A Special Publication of the Journal of School Health.” View the National Sexuality Standards document HERE. Page 8 outlines the purpose of the National Sexuality Education Standards, which is “[I]n general to provide clear expectations about what students should know and be able to do by the conclusion of certain grade levels.” Page six states:

“The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)3; existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, recently adopted by most states.”  [Emphasis added]

Is this sexuality curriculum intended to be incorporated into the English language arts reading assignments?  It appears so. Marsh should know as he implemented Common Core in the district.

The National Sexuality Standards document reads:

 “Specifically, the National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic.”

The whole idea behind Common Core is to create universal standards. But parents, teachers, academics and legislators are fighting to retain local control of education standards. Shouldn’t sexuality education be locally controlled by parents? Apparently not for Marsh.

The National Sexuality Standards at each grade level have a module on “bullying.” To learn more about Kevin Jennings, creator of the anti-bullying campaign, go here. Marsh was also part of the District staff that recommend clarification on cyber-bullying which led to a board policy that allows the district to spy on its students. Perhaps Sarasota voters need to understand how District staff wants the authority to prohibit or be involved in the “monitoring” of  student activities while off campus. Many find this a clear over reach in authority and can place students, teachers, administrators and others, in a position to “monitor” (spy on) fellow students.

Do Sarasota County voters really want a life long bureaucrat who supports Common Core “comprehensive sex education” standards and “monitoring” of student activities while off campus on the School Board?

We shall see on election day – August 26th, 2014.