CISD approves health curriculum and library materials standards

The Canyon Independent School District, after months upon months of discussion and review, Thursday night adopted its health education curriculum and approved its procedures for acquiring and removing library and text materials, both with just one board member dissenting.

In May, CISD was scheduled to vote on the approval of the health education curriculum. Still, the issue is controversial within the field, with some in the community accusing much of the literature of having inappropriate language referencing LGBTQ+ issues and elements of sexuality education that address anything beyond abstinence, including birth control. There was even opposition to talking with students about recognizing abuse and other sensitive topics.

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To ease concerns, the district held multiple meetings with concerned parents and the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), which included educators and parents, to help select the most appropriate health information provider. After a revision of the curriculum, many components were made parent optional so that their children would not be exposed to an education that individual parents opposed. Those who wanted their child to be taught more than the curriculum were given the opportunity to receive this information.

After multiple postponements of the vote to further study the proposed materials and give new board member Paul Blake time to review and familiarize himself with the topic, the board voted, with Blake being the lone no vote.

“I just think it leaves an opportunity to teach inappropriate material to our kids,” Blake said. “I think it’s too broad. I think we are dealing with a bad company and I don’t trust them. They say they will remove some things, but I just don’t believe them.

Blake said he had a specific problem with the use of the term “pregnant person” in the curriculum and referred to the government as the standard for why they use those terms. He said he had heard that it was part of language being included or removed from the curriculum.

New Canyon Independent School District board member Paul Blake is sworn in to his new position during a regular school board meeting.

When asked if he thinks there should be health education in schools, Blake thinks only basic health education, minus anything related to sex, should be among the items included.

“Health is one thing; sexuality education is another thing,” Blake said. “I think school should be out of the sex education business.”

Health education and its place in schools has come under fire in many school boards, with some parents wanting nothing to do with sex education or any mention of LGBTQIA+ in any literature.

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