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McDermott says 'Pono Choices' is medically inaccurate, inappropriate for middle school

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 p.m. HST, Jan 09, 2014

A state House lawmaker claimed today that Pono Choices, a pilot sex education curriculum aimed at public middle school students, is not medically accurate or age appropriate and deliberately minimizes the risks of homosexual behavior.

State Rep. Bob McDermott (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) said he wants the state Board of Education to either pull the curriculum from public schools or make revisions to the content.

McDermott said the curriculum, which the state Department of Education had initially withheld from him, includes the anus in its description of male and female genitals. He said genitals are more properly defined as reproductive organs.

McDermott also said the curriculum omits a reference to anal sex without a condom in a description of low- and high-risk sexual behaviors.

"It is unhealthy at best and lethal at worst," he said at a news conference at the state Capitol. "This is not age-appropriate for an 11-year-old student."

The Department of Education put Pono Choices on hold in late November after complaints by McDermott and other conservatives about its content. The department lifted the hold in December after confirming that the curriculum is "medically accurate, appropriate and aligned with health education, state law and DOE policy."

Twelve schools are using Pono Choices this semester, according to the department. Eight other schools are expected to receive training on the curriculum. Parents who object to the curriculum are able to opt their children out of the instruction.

McDermott, who believes homosexuality is "aberrant," has challenged the state's gay marriage law in court. He and others have warned, among other things, that gay marriage would lead to homosexuality being taught in public schools as a normal and acceptable behavior.

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I completely agree with Mr McD. Our children dont need to be learning how to correctly take 1 up the ok o le, whether with a condom or without. TMI!
on January 9,2014 | 11:49AM
Pocho wrote:
SiCK! just plain SICK
on January 9,2014 | 01:18PM
primo1 wrote:
Agreed. They'll learn that in due time once they're old enough to work, pay taxes, and vote.
on January 9,2014 | 02:33PM
busterb wrote:
Got teacher friends at a couple Ewa schools and they find condoms on their way to their classes all the time in the morning. Now whether or not they are from middle school students, how many kids looking at the ones missed are enough to say, we have to address this?
on January 9,2014 | 03:35PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Your son may end up the one who takes it, maybe you should consider that. At least he would have some realistic insight into how to be safe, rather than the self-righteous "morality", hide your head in the sand approach of the right-wingers/bible thumpers.
on January 9,2014 | 05:50PM
5xcalibir2 wrote:
yesh kids should learn sex education THE WRONG WAY like most of their parents did...FROM THEIR PEERS.
on January 10,2014 | 05:57AM
jimbone wrote:
Thank you for letting parents have the option to op out of this class. If I don't believe in homosexuality , why force it on my child. Mahalo again for letting us have a choice.
on January 9,2014 | 11:50AM
Oahuan wrote:
jimbone, Just like others things that started off as options, I give it maybe a decade, it will eventually become a required curriculum in our public schools.
on January 9,2014 | 01:06PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Because your child may be homosexual- you think it's something he can help? So if he's a good person but loves a man you gonna disown him and allow others to disrespect him? Get some perspective- think about what's really important and what's not.
on January 9,2014 | 05:52PM
jimbone wrote:
I know damn well my kids ain't homosexuals. So vomit, don't don't bark up my tree.
on January 9,2014 | 07:03PM
SueH wrote:
Jimbone, nobody is forcing homosexuality on your son. While you may not "believe in" homosexuality, at least you favor an individuals' right to choose. Why not let your son have the same choice you are so grateful for, and allow him to make up his own mind.
on January 9,2014 | 08:08PM
Jerry_D wrote:
on January 9,2014 | 12:09PM
konag43 wrote:
that's right our children should not be learning these things. sex education was set up to advise kids of how to protect themselves from tean pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseas and to teach young girls and boys about the human reproductive system not to teach them about homosexual acts.
on January 9,2014 | 12:18PM
blackmurano wrote:
The Democratic party, with the majority voted to have this Perversion marriage in our State has lied to to the citizens of our State. With the ink not dried yet on the document that Governor Abercrombie signed into law allowing this Perversion marriage in our State, the homosexual activists been screaming from the mainland to place their perversion lifestyle in the new sex education for our kekies. The new sex education will teach our young keikeis that it's normal to have okole sex. This is sickening from the sewage of hell. Most likely the rich Democrats politician will send their kids to Private schools avoiding this perversion curriculum for our keikeis in this State. Let's hope Rep McDermott is successful in preventing this perversion curriculum to get into the public schools. I really pitty our kekeis in our State who are at the mercy of the Democratic party who are pro-homosexual.
on January 9,2014 | 01:59PM
Mythman wrote:
Why have sex ed when the kids can just go down to Hula's to learn how its done down there.
on January 9,2014 | 01:01PM
sjean wrote:
I'd like to give McDermott a slap on the back, but he might construe it as homosexual behavior.
on January 9,2014 | 01:04PM
primo1 wrote:
Just keep it above the waist...lol.
on January 9,2014 | 02:30PM
ryan02 wrote:
"the curriculum omits a reference to anal sex without a condom in a description of low- and high-risk sexual behaviors"
on January 9,2014 | 01:06PM
ryan02 wrote:
Come on, Star-Ad -- all I did was quote from YOUR actual article, verbatim, and it gets sent for "approval"?! Even the last one, where I didn't type a single word that wasn't part of the quote? Sheesh.
on January 9,2014 | 01:07PM
ryan02 wrote:
"the curriculum omits a reference to (a n a l) (s e x) without a condom in a description of low- and high-risk . . . behaviors" -- so he's mad that the curriculum OMITS such a reference? Should they ADD in a reference to it?
on January 9,2014 | 01:09PM
jkaupu wrote:
I'm just gonna say it. Idiots^^^^^
on January 9,2014 | 03:59PM
Is that in reference to the article or the people commenting on the article?
on January 9,2014 | 04:44PM
kolohepalu wrote:
McD needs to keep his "morality" where it belongs, in his house. I hope his daughter ends up dating dick Cheney's.
on January 9,2014 | 05:55PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
So are you saying we should start teaching your form of morality in the schools? And to kids?
on January 9,2014 | 07:05PM
kolohepalu wrote:
It was a short sentence- read it again: "in his house."
on January 9,2014 | 07:20PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
I hope anyone who supported gay marriage is not being outraged at this story. What do you think will start to happen once society deems certain behavior as appropriate? Teach the kids of course. I think to be politically correct, everyone will have to eventually become bisexual in orientation. After all, thinking gay sex (or for gays, straight sex) is unappealing, disgusting, etc., will only be seen as intolerant.
on January 9,2014 | 07:04PM
jimbone wrote:
Sorry rascal vomit, my kids knows how to use condoms, and mostly how the bible is taught. That's how MY family is run. To each it's own.
on January 9,2014 | 07:06PM
niimi wrote:
Since when is the rectum a genital?
on January 9,2014 | 07:20PM
2NDC wrote:
Let's all play "hide the salami"! :-O
on January 9,2014 | 09:08PM
MillionMonkeys wrote:
I think most of us old folks are uncomfortable with the idea of sex education that includes descriptions of anal sex. Back in the 70's, 5th grade sex ed was ridiculously bland, accompanied by illustrations that had ZERO racy factor. I didn't see actual sex until slipping into an x-rated theater at age 18. While working at a middle school a few years ago, I overheard 6th graders talking about "Two girls and a cup" and other cool videos. Kids today are constantly innundated with sexual images and messages. Sex ed must evolve--to what I'm not sure. But the old way is obsolete, no denying that.
on January 9,2014 | 10:11PM
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