Oaks and Diamonds!

August 20

The late Peter Marshall once opened a session of the United States Senate with this prayer; “Our Father, when we look for life without trials and work, without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. With stout hearts may we see in every calamity an opportunity and not give way to the pessimist that sees in every opportunity a calamity.”

Good advice if you live in Rhode Island. With all that is going on in our state as well as our world, you could say that opportunities to become oaks and diamonds abound. One of these opportunities to grow and make a difference comes with the opportunity to protect our children from being over-sexualized in our public schools.

In 2021 Senator Tiara Mack introduced a bill (S 0463) and Rep. Kislak its companion bill to change the recommended current sex education curriculum from Sexual Risk Avoidance (abstinence) to a ‘Pleasure Based’ curriculum also called CSE or Comprehensive Sex Education.  From grades 6 through 12, these curriculums would affirmatively recognize pleasure based sexual relations, different sexual orientations and be inclusive of same-sex relationships in discussions and examples. In addition, comprehensive course instruction would include gender, gender expression, gender identity, and the harm of negative gender stereotypes. In other words, if legislators Mack and Kislak were to have their way Rhode Island children in grades 6-12 will be given instruction and encouragement on how to have sex in any, and all, ways.

These comprehensive sex curriculums come with different names, and many like ‘Get Real’ originate from Planned Parenthood. It’s the perfect business plan for them: teach children to have sex early, and when they get pregnant, they can find their way to one of their clinics. It becomes a revolving door. I am part of a Pro-Life Coalition and our members have seen Planned Parenthood staffers active in after school programs. So much of what is being taught in various schools is under the radar.

But, with your help we can change that. Download this form (Word document) that can be filled out and then mailed or emailed to your child’s health teacher, health coordinator, principal, or superintendent, respectfully requesting info about the sex-ed curriculum your child will be taught this year. Here is the link to the form

This is a fact-finding endeavor, and the results will vary greatly depending on the district and whether the school is rural or urban. We need to know what our children are getting, and this is the way to find out.  Please help, and when you receive the information from your school, email me your findings ( Dave.Aucoin@familypolicyalliance.com ).

I will compile them for sharing with our RI Informed Parents Group in the future. Another reason to do this is that we do have good Rhode Island legislators who will help keep our children safe. This information will empower them to pass good legislation to protect our children from CSE.

Here is a link to an article listing the terrible effects of CSE and why this is important to know what is being taught in your local school.

For Faith and Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island


P.S. Here is a link to our ‘Back to School for Parents’ publication, another helpful resource for parents.