The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) project, Learning for Justice, promoted an explicit sex education book for elementary school students in a teacher’s guide.
The guide was published by Learning for Justice, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and is titled “Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students.” The guide covers pronouns, sex education, and policies surrounding opposite-sex access to sports and toilets.
She also promotes a number of books, including one for children written by Cory Silverberg, the founder of a “beginner sex shop” and a leader in the left-wing sex education movement.
In the section titled “The LGBTQ Library,” SPLC’s Learning for Justice promotes Silverberg’s book, titled “Sex is a Funny Word,” for elementary school students.
The guide describes Silverberg’s book as “less controversial than the title suggests” before praising it as “an essential resource on bodies, gender and sexuality for young children”. Although the guide presents the book as a tame educational resource, it presents explicit content that is not suitable for children.
A Twitter user purchased the book and documented the mature content featured between the covers. A section of the book is titled “touching yourself”. It even includes an illustration of a girl in a bathtub.
Does anyone want to talk about the fact that @NYTimes TheDaily featured ‘Sex is a Funny Word’ author Cory Silverberg last Sunday… He wants to “see a world without normative pressures around sex.” The book is aimed at children ages 7-10 and features a graphic of a child having an orgasm. pic.twitter.com/qW37p7agb7
— genderidentityk12 (@genderidentityk) July 25, 2022
“Sex is a Funny Word” is just one of many books promoted by the teacher’s guide. The guide also promotes other books for young children, including “I am Jazz,” a story that promotes transgenderism in children, and a “Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity.”
Additionally, the guide strives to incorporate a number of different left-wing practices and beliefs into schools. For example, the Learning for Justice guide tells educators that the statement “students are too young to know their gender identity or sexual orientation” is a “myth” and argues instead that “children often know their gender from 2 or 3 years old. .”
He also advocates for men to be able to compete against women in school sports and to use both toilets and women’s locker rooms. Teachers are told they should also “challenge gender norms” and “model inclusive use of pronouns”.
The Learning for Justice framework has been used in schools, although it is generally unclear whether or not districts are following the suggestions in this specific guide.
California Glendale Unified School District, for example, used Learning for Justice as the basis for its four-day professional development series. Chicago Public Schools also reference the Southern Poverty Law Center project in their “social justice standards” and “equity toolkit.”
The Learning for Justice guide explains that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s goal is to use a number of tools, including school curricula, “to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all”.