The Miami-Dade School Board has narrowly voted to accede to parental demands to reject two textbooks on human sexuality, one for middle school students and another for high schoolers.
The Florida board’s vote of 5-4 came after a raucous meeting with parents and other concerned parties at which more than 40 people spoke. All but two of those who spoke wanted the board to adopt the textbooks, The Blaze reported.
“Half of all high school kids have sex before they graduate from high school, that’s not something we’re gonna change,” Marika Lynch, a parent of three who spoke at the meeting, told NBCMiami. “So do we want them to have the best information? Yes. Do I want my kids who are all pre-teens to have the best information? Absolutely, that’s what we’re here for today.”
“Refusing to provide students with this necessary information would undoubtedly cause children to experience sexual health consequences,” said another speaker, according to CBS News.
The Blaze added that there were opponents, too:
Two women were escorted from the meeting when their shouts against the textbooks became disruptive.
Another man, Alex Serrano also voiced his objections to the material, which he said include “[m]atters related to their sexuality, to their health, to their human reproduction, to abortion, to access to plan B pills, matters related to contraceptive methods.”
Serrano is the representative of the Miami-Dade chapter of County Citizens Defending Freedom. The national group seeks to empower Americans “to defend their faith, freedom, and liberty, while placing local governance under the watchful eye of local American citizens acting as patriots.”
In addition, the organization has assembled a list of concerns regarding public school textbooks, noting that one provides details about various contraception methods, including the “withdrawal” method more commonly known as “pulling out.” Another section talks about how gender identity differs from biological sex.”
Serrano said he took his children out of the school district after he discovered that they were being taught age-inappropriate content, The Blaze noted.
Mari Tere Rojas, a Miami-Dade school board member who agreed that the two textbooks in question were far too mature for middle- and high-school students, said: “It is something that I personally do not believe is something that is age appropriate for those students to address.”
By voting this week to reject the books, the school board reversed an earlier decision to approve them.
“Local teachers unions are not pleased with the reversal,” The Blaze noted. “A statement issued by United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats said in part that members are ‘disturbed by the continued attempt from extremist groups to censor books.’
“We live in an enlightened society and completely oppose the censorship of knowledge and accurate teaching materials,” Hernandez-Mats added.
The only reason our society is as ‘enlightened’ as it is, is because leftists in charge of the ‘enlightenment’ have no boundaries, especially when it comes to materials presented to our children — in public schools.
These are some of the same people who opposed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his state’s GOP majority over a law that prohibits presenting K-3 children with sexually explicit gender fluid materials for the same reason expressed by Rojas: They aren’t old enough to comprehend it or process it, and in fact, it could actually be harmful to their development.
But let’s call this what it is: Child grooming by the left.