It has come to our attention that Robbinsville School District has chosen to remove any detailed information in regards to the Teen PEP curriculum. We at SexEdApproaches believe that parents and students should be given as much information as possible to be able to make an educated decision as to what should be taught in the classroom. We have updated our Teen PEP review section to include all the literature that was removed from the Robbinsville School District website.
Mother to a fifth grade daughter, Pandolfo was appalled to learn about the peer-to-peer education program, at a recent Board of Education meeting. After reviewing the curriculum further, on line, she was even more angered to learn that a senior grade peer educators will teach freshmen how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and even use a model of a flaccid penis to demonstrate how to appropriately wear a condom.
Pandolfo was surprised to learn that more than 40 parents, living in her area, were also not away of the new program. “I took one Saturday and walked around the neighborhood asking parents if they new about Teen Pep, and most of them thought it was a pep rally … they had no idea,” said Pandolfo.
Although Superintendent Dr. Steve Mayer denied the use of a model for an in-class demonstration, in Unit Eight of the program, a super-hero action figure, Condom-Man, describes the appropriate way to wear a condom. For those who are still confused, the curriculum requires an adviser to demonstrate the steps with a condom and penis model.
By Sherrina Navani, The Trentonian, October 30, 2014
Contemporary sex education prepares young men and women not for the fullness of friendship, intimacy and love, but for casual relationships and recreational sex.
"Take, for example, the comprehensive sex education offered here in central New Jersey. HiTOPS, a non-profit adolescent health organization based in Princeton, is contracted by the local school district to provide sex education for grades six to nine. HiTOPS has a monopoly in the area and a presence in over fifty schools. It provides the teacher training for the peer educators of Teen PEP, a program in which high school students teach their peers about sex and sexual health. The approach of these programs is one of sexual risk reduction, emphasizing condom and contraception use and aggressively promoting sexual practices that offer an alternative to intercourse. These alternative practices, sometimes referred to as “outercourse,” include sexting, showering together, cuddling naked, phone and internet sex, watching pornography, touching below the waist, and masturbation. Students are taught that these behaviors could be part of a healthy sexually abstinent lifestyle. Absent from the curriculum are discussions about the physical and psychological risks of these practices and how they create an environment in which sexual intercourse, not abstinence, becomes more likely.
In this program and others like it, skits and interactive activities are used to teach about sex, condoms, and how to use condoms correctly. These lessons use sexually-charged language and encourage graphic sexual discussions. A 2007 review of nine comprehensive sex education curricula conducted by the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services provides a list of the language used by educators and the discussions they promoted. In the program Be Proud! Be Responsible!, for example, educators are prompted to give advice about how to celebrate when a partner agrees to use a condom, how to have fun and be creative with condoms, and how to incorporate condom use into foreplay and intercourse itself."
By Cassandra Hough | The Witherspoon Institute, Public Discourse, October 29, 2014