Today's Christian right hates, truly hates, sex education as, in their twisted world view, it lures pure and virginal young Christians into a life of sexual degradation and - gasp - evil homosexuality. (Could it be Satan?) As the mouthpiece for the Christian right, Fox "News" is there to provide aid and comfort. In 2010, Fox went full tilt boogie against a proposed Helena, Montana sex education curriculum. Not only was the coverage inaccurate, but some of it barely concealed an underlying homophobic message. Gretchen Carlson was very up front about her absolute disdain for this program which was supported by many parents - an inconvenient truth ignored by Gretch. Now that the Muskegon Michigan school district has a new sex education program that some right wingers oppose (part of "the Gay Agenda"), Fox & Friends is there to validate the opposition as articulated by anti-public education, right wing partisan Kyle Olson who is now Fox & Friends resident right wing education "expert" on "The Trouble With Schools." Once again, Fox & Friends is taking a local issue and creating a national "outrage."
After reporting about changes to the Muskegon MI sex ed program, Carlson giggled as she said "It's a little more than what I learned in fifth grade." She described the program as "a little out there" and tossed to her guest, Kyle Olson, who is head of the "Education Action Group" which is a front group for Republicans who are opposed to public education and teacher's unions. Olson referred to the sex ed program as "mission creep" because it goes beyond contraception into "cultural issues." He cited, as examples, transgender issues, diversity, and bullying (Family values include bullying?) He encouraged parents to examine the program. Gretch read part of the sex ed program, for 4th and 5th grades, which included biological information on conception and - gasp - discussion of homosexuality and transgender issues.
Gretch complained that, "as usual, what we've come to as a society" is IMHO the reasonable approach; i.e. that parents can opt out. But Gretch takes issue with this and prefers that parent opt-in. The chyron framed the Fox message: "Provactive Lesson Plan, Young Children Learn Transgender Issues." Activist Olson, a right wing Republican whose right wing agenda driven "education" group has ties to the wing Mackinac Center, claimed that "this is part of a broader agenda where activist are pushing their political philosophy on very young kids." He referenced his book, "Indoctrination," in which he talks about "activists" who "go after very young kids." More agitprop with the chyrons "An Explicit Education, Students Learn Specifics of Conception" and "Taking Sex Too Far, District's New Program Draws Debate."
Gretch referenced "the other argument" that parents don't take responsibility for teaching their kids about "these types of things." Olson responded that many parents are responsible and "their power is being usurped by the school district" and this is an example of how, in cultural issues, power is "being taken away from citizens" and "people are not fighting back." Carlson read a statement from the school department about the purpose of the program and remarked that opting out is "topsy tervy."
Who knew that providing biological facts about sex is part of a government plot to take power away from parents? (Conception is just so salacious!) Who knew that attempting to give kids information to keep them safe is a bad thing? Who knew that discussion of transgender issues is part of an agenda to push a "political philosophy" about the inappropriateness of bullying and the importance of diversity which could lead to - god forbid - tolerance!!! Watch Fox & Friends and be afraid, be very afraid about "The Trouble with Schools" - public schools that is. Can we say "agenda?!"
I know. This is oddly reminiscent of the time Rick Frothy Santorum said that prenatal care would lead to increased abortions — and made about as much sense . . .