Yet more evidence of a parental rights backlash surfaced this week: The Delaware Legislature is considering the Parents Right to Know bill, which would require schools to notify parents before their children are exposed to controversial materials or instruction dealing with sexuality, profanity, drugs, etc. It also provides for parents to exempt their kids from objectionable material.
Interestingly, the bill’s sponsor (a Democrat) told reporters he wrote the bill after learning that a book called It’s Perfectly Normal—which is promoted as sex education for kids as young as 10 and contains extremely graphic portrayals of genitalia and adults having sexual interactions—was featured in the children’s sections of local public libraries. This book is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and has appeared in schools and sex-ed seminars across the country, spurring parents’ protests. For more information, visit the Delaware Family Policy Council.
It’s also encouraging that Arizona now has a Parents’ Bill of Rights law, signed by the Governor this May, requiring schools to obtain parents’ signed, written permission for children to participate in sex education classes. It also requires schools to notify parents when materials about sexuality are presented in non-sex education classes.