Foundation funding targets schools across nine states to institutionalize repugnant sex classes
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2014-02-19

Major foundations are lining up to target schools in nine states across the US, with the goal of institutionalizing, or normalizing, the Planned Parenthood network’s repugnant, hedonistic “comprehensive” sex education that pays lip service to abstinence, while scandalizing and warping children with outrageous sex presentations. The foundations are heaping millions of dollars upon the millions being poured into sex ed by the federal government via Obamacare.

The foundations’ vehicle for normalizing sex classes in schools is the WISE initiative. WISE is an acronym for Working to Institutionalize Sex Education. According to the WISE initiative’s “method toolkit,” the initiative is “led by the Grove Foundation . . . [and] supported by a collaboration of funders including the Ford, William and Flora Hewlett, and David and Lucile Packard Foundations.”

The initiative targets geographical areas with “favorable policy climates” for the normalization of sustainable school-based sex education. Current locations targeted by WISE include Washington; Oregon; California; Colorado; Iowa; Georgia; North Carolina; West Virginia; and Rochester, New York.

WISE works from the top down, beginning at the state education board level. By working at the state level, it is much easier to bypass parents in implementing laws that require or promote “comprehensive” sex classes in schools.

What are these WISE-funded schools teaching? While claiming that WISE promotes comprehensive sex education “that addresses abstinence but goes beyond that to address age-appropriate topics such as healthy relationships, contraception, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention,” the reality of what WISE is doing in these states bears no resemblance to that description.

In fact, the chief WISE operative in Oregon has admitted that he slid the most “progressive” sex education law in the nation under the radar of parents by setting legislation on the docket of the state board as a consent item. Quoting Brad Victor:

There was no public comment at all. And so we went for the consent items, and they said, “Everybody agree on the consent items?” And they raised their hands. And bingo, boom! We’ve got the most progressive law in the nation here. So we pushed the envelope again.

STOPP has written extensively about the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference where children were brought in from WISE-funded schools across the state to hear keynote presentations by a man who identifies as a lesbian and a woman who claims that the “pro-choice” movement is not radical enough and that abstinence is impossible. Teens were recruited to teach a porn class to adults and other teens. Teams from WISE-funded schools in Oregon were required to attend the conference. As we wrote in 2013 following the conference, “The teens in attendance were pelted over a two-day period by a dizzying whirlwind of warped, perverse, anti-Christian ‘sexuality’ training.”

In Georgia, the lead WISE initiative partner GCAPP says,

The WISE Initiative services to school districts include: support in selecting sexual health curriculum, teacher training, parent workshops, and technical assistance as needed throughout the implementation process. Since 2009 GCAPP has trained 200 teachers in over 75 elementary, middle, and high schools to implement medically accurate, age appropriate curricula reaching over 17,000 students in the 2012-13 school year alone. The program is funded by The Grove Foundation. Proven curricula like Making a Difference, Reducing the Risk, Family Life and Sexual Health, Health Smart, and others are currently being taught by teachers in school districts throughout the state with the support of the WISE Initiative.

The Making a Difference program in Kansas caused an uproar recently when a 13-year-old student gave her father a picture she took of a poster from the program that was posted in her middle school listing various sex acts. Included among the sex acts were touching each other’s genitals, masturbation, anal sex, and grinding.

The Witherspoon Institute reports some of the details of Reducing the Risk. Assignments for Reducing the Risk include a trip to Planned Parenthood or a similar agency, recording the address and “services” available there, followed by mapping of the route the student would use to get from school to the facility. A homework assignment involves “a shopping trip to a local condom vendor to list the brand names of the condoms sold there and to indicate whether they are lubricated or not, reservoir or plain.” The students are then asked to decide, using a list, which method of preventing pregnancy seems best for them.

In New York, Rochester City Schools are using WISE funds to develop comprehensive sexuality education curriculum specifically for grades 4–6.

Planned Parenthood’s involvement in WISE: Planned Parenthood keeps a low profile in the structure of WISE. However, looking down the ladder at the structure of the lead partners, Planned Parenthood comes clearly into focus. For instance, a WISE Iowa Project brochure lists Planned Parenthood as a partner, along with the Grove Foundation and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

In Colorado, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is an alliance member of Colorado Youth Matter, the organization that is leading the WISE initiative there. Similar connections between Planned Parenthood and WISE lead partners exist in other states receiving WISE initiative funding.

In Oregon, a list of WISE board members includes three Planned Parenthood employees.

In California, one must dig a bit deeper to find Planned Parenthood’s involvement. There we find that ETR heads up the California WISE initiative, with funding for the initiative provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. ETR began as the educational arm of Planned Parenthood of Santa Cruz. Former ETR marketing director Steve Bignell, editor of the Family Life Education curriculum and Family Life Educator magazine, served as education director at Planned Parenthood of Santa Cruz.

The impact of the WISE initiatives is far reaching: From the WISE toolkit website we learn the broad impact of this foundation funding:

In the first three years of the initiative, all of the WISE sites made significant progress toward their objectives. Collectively, over 100,000 students have been impacted due to WISE related activities; over 700 teachers have been trained; and 120 schools have implemented sex education where there was previously no sex education before or where it was significantly improved upon due to WISE.

Many lessons have been learned to date and shared among the WISE grantees and funders, including:

· There are skills, methods, tools, and best practices in institutionalizing sex ed that can be surfaced and shared, and there is a strong appetite among grantees to learn across sites

· Strategically aiding institutionalization of school-based sex ed requires start-up time and investment in organizational capacity, needs assessment, strategic planning, and partnership development

· Knowing how to work with schools is an important asset

· Each state has a unique infrastructure that can be leveraged

· Education agency partnerships are key to sustaining sex ed programming and existing resources, such as DASH-funded state projects, can be successfully leveraged to this end

· The economy is taking a toll on schools’ ability to take on new programs; however, relationship-based outreach can bring districts to the table

Those fighting institutionalized sex education can learn much about the strategy of the enemy by studying WISE materials, such as the WISE Method Toolkit. When we know the battle plan of the opposition, it is much easier to defend our children. Read and study the WISE Method Toolkit today. Then read Jim Sedlak’s book Parent Power!! STOPP is here to help you every step of the way in fighting Planned Parenthood’s efforts to institutionalize and normalize its harmful, perverse sex education. You can contact us by e-mailing [email protected].