Miami-Dade parents have different opinions on controversial sex ed books
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – There has been a heated debate among parents in Miami-Dade County over whether two sex ed books should end up in the classroom.
One for colleges, the other for high schools.
Some parents argue the content is inappropriate while others say it’s what kids need to make healthy choices.
Alex Serrano is the county director of County Citizens Defending Freedom, the organization that has highlighted samples they say are not age-appropriate for children in schools, such as Chapter 20 and the question of abortion.
“He goes into great detail about medical procedures such as abortion,” Serrano said. “I would say Plan B pills, how they work and how they are available over the counter, I would say that is not age appropriate information for an 11 year old.”
As for the book selection process, the textbooks were ready for adoption.
Formal objections were raised, which triggered a hearing with a district officer.
This officer, after listening to the concerns, recommended the adoption of the books.
Laly Jimenez-Hincapie, who is the local chapter president of Moms for Liberty, is homeschooling her youngest children.
“There is such a thing as borders,” she said.
Jimenez-Hincapie thinks there is room for sex education, but it’s too much.
“Why are we exposing children before their age to content that they don’t even know how to mentally process,” she said.
But outrage has also come from other parents, who believe this type of education is necessary.
Carrie Feit has two children in Miami-Dade Public Schools, one is 12 and the other is 17.
“Our children are human beings with a sexuality, and for us to pretend it doesn’t exist is really to deny their dignity,” Feit said. “How dare you think you have a say in what information my child has access to about his body because of your religious beliefs.”
She thinks it shouldn’t be about parental comfort, politics or religion, but about children.
Pediatrician Dr Michael Maurer calls the content important, saying it should be supplemented with dialogue about sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies and other issues, in a group where he says more than 50% high school students have sex.
“I don’t see anything that I would consider inappropriate for children of this age to learn,” Maurer said. “When children seek information about these things on their own, they will find it in a potentially unhealthy way.”
Parents ultimately have the right to prevent their children from participating in programs using textbooks.
The Miami-Dade Public School Board will make a final decision on textbooks at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
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