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Pono or not pono

January 9th, 2014

A state House lawmaker claimed Thursday that Pono Choices, a pilot sex education curriculum aimed at public middle school students, is not medically accurate or age appropriate and deliberately minimizes the risks of homosexual behavior.

State Rep. Bob McDermott (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) said he wants the state Board of Education to either pull the curriculum from public schools or make revisions to the content.

McDermott said the curriculum, which the state Department of Education had initially withheld from him, includes the anus in its description of male and female genitals. He said genitals are more properly defined as reproductive organs.

McDermott also said the curriculum omits a reference to anal sex without a condom in a description of low- and high-risk sexual behaviors.

"It is unhealthy at best and lethal at worst," he said at a news conference at the state Capitol. "This is not age-appropriate for an 11-year-old student."

The Department of Education put Pono Choices on hold in late November after complaints by McDermott and other conservatives about its content. The department lifted the hold in December after confirming that the curriculum is "medically accurate, appropriate and aligned with health education, state law and DOE policy."

Twelve schools are using Pono Choices this semester, according to the department. Eight other schools are expected to receive training on the curriculum. Parents who object to the curriculum are able to opt their children out of the instruction.

McDermott, who believes homosexuality is "aberrant," has challenged the state's gay marriage law in court. He and others have warned, among other things, that gay marriage would lead to homosexuality being taught in public schools as a normal and acceptable behavior.

14 Responses to “Pono or not pono”

  1. Johnson:

    McDermott, who believes homosexuality is "aberrant..."

    Funny. That's just what I think about him.

  2. kamaaina808:

    Why the rush to sex up the kids? 11 years old??? Way to rob kids of their innocence... so sad.

  3. Guy:

    With some of the shows now on cable and event network TV -- and especially on the Internet -- schools better be addressing, granted in a factual way, what most of these kids are already seeing at one point or another anyway.

  4. Kolea:

    Why are people quick to assume Bob McDermott is not qualified to judge what is an age-appropriate discussion to have with kids about sex? It is so easy to assume he would just rather not talk about sex with children, in the belief what they don't know, won't hurt them. Or, as kamaina says, 11 year olds are too innocent to think about sex unless liberals push the discussion on to them.

    Heck, I learned about sex the old-fashioned way: from my classmates on the playground, from older kids with their deep, nuanced and highly age-appropriate, accurate information, from sneaking a look at Playboy magazines my friend's father had and rumors about another friend's uncle. Boy, those were some good stories!

    So instead of dismissing Bob as an unwashed rube, or as the "redneck" he sometimes declares himself to be, let's give him a chance to demonstrate his qualifications in the field. Let's put him in a classroom with a bunch of 11 year-olds and watch as he struggles to find a way to share accurate, age-appropriate and inoffensive information to him.

    We can then watch as a Pono Choices trained teacher engages in the same activity and judge her/him on their effectiveness. Although it sometimes seems Bob has no fear of embarrassing himself, I suspect he would look pretty darn ridiculous. But, hey, let's give him yet another chance to demonstrate how much (or how little) he knows what he is talking about.


  5. I Get It:

    Kolea: You are so funny but right-on!

  6. John Holmes:

    So, telling 11 year-olds that their butthole is a reproductive organ, while biologically inaccurate, is fine when taken in the context of social engineered gay "equality." And, Bob McDermott has it wrong because he won't roll over let you freaks take over parenting his kids???

  7. Especially Incognito:

    "I am but what are you?" Pee Wee Herman

  8. Especially Incognito:

    First teach children what gender they were born as.
    Those who are gay, educated them.

    Sex education is to teach a child on prevention with
    contraception the dangers of AIDS or other venereal
    disease. Birth control pills to prevent a woman from
    getting pregnant and the need for an abortion.

    "McDermott also said the curriculum omits a reference to anal sex without a condom in a description of low- and high-risk sexual behaviors." Sodomy is legal between consenting adults.
    It didn't say if it was with a boy or girl. Probably learned from both genders.

  9. Goober:

    "Hanabusa Wins Dick Award" Sometimes the headlines just write themselves.

  10. charles:

    Spot on, Kolea.

  11. Keith Rollman:

    Kolea - Nice smug little dissertation, but McDermott's point is that Pono Choices is not 100% medically accurate (as claimed by the DOE), not completely forthcoming about STD risks and, at least in part, not appropriate for 11-year-olds. Are you really going to back Pono Choices on the anus now being redefined as genitalia ? I mean you can use a loaded gun for a hammer, but that doesn't make it a hammer.

    Your suggestion that we should just turn our kids over to the egg heads at U.H., progressive agenda and all, is going to meet growing resistance.

  12. Kolea:

    Keith, McDermott is correct that the anus is not a "genital." If Pono Choices uses that term, that is inaccurate. Genitals are related to reproduction. But I suspect McDermott would not be satisfied if, instead of classifying the anus as "genitalia," it was listed as a "sex organ." Because for many people, the anus does serve as a sex organ, a center of pleasure and sexual fixation. Not for me. Probably not for you.

    I have no doubt the subject of sex education can serve as a rallying point for politicians seeking publicity. It has happened many times before. I just wish you and Rep. McDermott were more interested in solving actual problems, including the problems facing children eager for medically accurate and "age appropriate" information about these stirrings they are starting to feel in their loins, in their hearts. Instead of just grandstanding and inflaming passions and fears.

  13. Especially Incognito:

    Posterior motive, noted.

  14. Especially Incognito:

    I don't think the word Pono or not Pono
    should be used in this manner.
    Since those without breath are offended
    by the word Ha'ole. Maybe they should
    learn the true meaning.
    Maybe Mahu is Pono. Mahu also has
    other meanings.

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