Pono Choices is a sex education curriculum that includes normalizing anal sex, while failing to warn students of the extreme dangers of anal sex, is not age-appropriate for its intended students, and is medically inaccurate regarding basic human anatomy, according to a review and analysis by Rep. Bob McDermott.
Rep McDermott’s Synopsis:
Pono Choices, intended for young impressionable children, is clearly not age appropriate; it is inconsistent with state statues and policies. Any talk of anal sex—which the curriculum does frequently—is instinctively repulsive for pre-pubescent children. Additionally, calling the anus a genital—as Pono Choices does—is just plain medically wrong. Redefining the term to suit the authors’ preferences is inappropriate. The curriculum’s definition of oral sex is also not consistent with the definition commonly found in medical literature. Further, the data on condom use and effectiveness is inaccurate with regard to HPV, herpes, and HIV; the curriculum also utterly ignores the Federal Drug Administration’s warning regarding the astonishing risks of condom use when engaging in anal sex.
This curriculum is presented to the students under the guise of STD prevention. Yet Pono Choices—whether by negligence or willful omission—fails to inform children of the exponentially increased risks of male on male anal sex. Such omission renders the entire document questionable at best and agenda-driven social engineering at worst.
The lessons depart from community norms by equating various sex acts. Under Pono Choices, oral, vaginal, and anal sex all have the same value and import—no meaningful distinction is made, contrary to reality. This is compounded by the wanton, disproportionately high number of fictional scenarios featuring homosexual characters—in spite of the fact that homosexuals are a strikingly small part of the population. “Gender ambiguous” fictional scenarios only aggravate this problem.
The term “abstinence based” is a misnomer for this program. While abstinence is covered, it is not the central message of the curriculum—which gives a mixed message on what is “Pono”. The parental op-out forms are woefully inadequate; they lack clarity and transparency by concealing some controversial aspects of the material.
Hearing Location and Time:
Board of Education (BOE) Hearing
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, 1:30 PM
Queen Liliuokalani Building 1390 Miller Street,
Room 404 The Department of Education Building is located next to the State Capitol.
(Click here for the hearing notice)
Please read the summary by Rep. McDermott and email your testimony to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to submit written testimony:
Monday, February 3, 2014 1:30PM
We also strongly encourage you to show up at the hearing and testify in person.
Format of your testimony:
- Testifiers name and title
- The date of the meeting (2/4/14)
- Agenda Item – – Student Health and Safety
- Add your own comments and concerns. Be brief and stick to the facts.
Oral Testimony: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1:30PM