Concerned citizens standing together against proposed health standards
Peaceful Protest across Nebraska, including North Platte
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Nebraska State School Board anticipates the approval of the Health Education Standards by the Nebraska State Board of Education by Fall 2021. According to the Nebraska Department of Education website, “a group of educators (teachers, administrators, ESU staff, postsecondary representatives), led by the Nebraska Department of Education, began the work of developing the Nebraska Health Education Standards in March of 2020. The standards, “Nebraska Health Education Standards,” create the framework for K-12 health education in Nebraska.”
Many people are voicing concern about portions of the proposed standards, making a stand at local school board meetings across the state. Stating a need to keep certain topics out of the classroom due to the inappropriate status of some of the content. Concerned parents, grandparents, and other concerned citizens saying topics listed in the proposal are sensitive, graphic (including the images proposed for teaching materials), and content that should be taught at home rather than in a classroom.
The Nebraska Department of Education’s website also explains how health education is managed in public and accredited non-public schools:
Many school boards are waiting until the State School Board makes a decision about health standards before they vote. Peaceful protestors standing up against the proposals on Friday say they believe the North Platte School District is against the standards being faced.
Tegtmeier participated from noon to 2:00 p.m., Friday in a peaceful protest in North Platte. It was one of over 40 protests, organized across the state of Nebraska by Nebraskans Against Government Overreach, standing against “masking children, sexuality education in schools, and politically based agendas.
Governor Pete Ricketts has openly stated the importance of staying engaged with elected officials other citizens concerning the proposed health standards. Governor Ricketts is openly against the proposals, saying some of the content is “inappropriate,” and calling for the State Board of Education to scrap topics from the new proposed standards. Governor Ricketts also saying the draft was developed with the help of ‘political activists.’
The draft released by the Board of Education includes eight main topics: foundations of personal health, nutrition and physical activity promotion, substance abuse prevention, disease prevention, injury prevention and safety, social, emotional, and mental health, human growth and development, and consumer and environmental health promotion.
Many of the controversial topics are found under the “human growth and development topic, including teaching content involving gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender-role stereotypes.
Those supporting the proposal saying the information being included is “science-based, inclusive, and honoring complex realities.”
Brenda Fourtner of North Platte would disagree with supporters, and agree with the Governor. She stood against the proposals at Friday’s protest, as well.
Diane Krause of North Platte knows times have changed, but she remembers in the sixties how some subjects in textbooks were passed over by her teachers in high school. She told News 2 when she was a student there were no “pictures,” and that the pictures being proposed now are nothing short of inappropriate.
The following hyperlink will take you directly to the health education standards being proposed for Nebraska schools.
Following are examples of each grade level and the proposed “Human Growth and Development” content.
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