SB 65 would require schools to obtain written permission from guardians before teaching students about human sexuality. This bill is unnecessary — parents already possess the right to preview curriculum and remove their child from the learning of it, should they wish to. An opt-in structure creates another barrier to accessing a comprehensive biology curriculum at a time when Gov. Holcomb is pushing for STEM initiatives. Extremists have suggested young children are being taught material that is wildly inappropriate for their age and comprehension. This is not so. We do know that sexual abuse is sustained by secrets, and disease spreads with misinformation. Education saves lives. In defense of the bill, Sen. Kruse refused to discuss what he might find inappropriate in current curriculum. We have teachers who are comfortable and trained to teach science and health. We must not keep them from doing the jobs we have tasked them to do.
Dr. Mark and Kristin McMurtrey, Valparaiso