The Shawnee Mission School District has decided to eliminate controversial sex ed supplemental materials from its curriculum, and plans to replace them with materials developed in-house for the 2014-2015 school year.
Shawnee Mission Chief Academic Officer Dr. Ed Streich said he and science teachers from each district middle school had reviewed the materials that prompted ire from some parents earlier this year and determined that certain elements were not appropriate for the classroom. One poster from the “Making a Difference” sex ed supplemental materials featured the headline “How do people express their sexual feelings?” and included “anal sex” and “oral sex” among a list of answers.
Streich approached the publisher of the materials about removing the poster from the packet, but found that the contract for purchasing the materials included a stipulation that the packet had to be used in its entirety — the district did not have the right to remove any of the materials.
Consequently, Shawnee Mission staff will be developing new classroom materials for sex ed.
“We’ll be replacing the ‘Making a Difference’ classroom sets with new materials for the 2014-2015 school year,” Streich said.
The district suspended the “Making a Difference” materials from classroom use in January after a Hocker Grove parent expressed concerns about the content. The materials were purchased during the 2012-2013 school year. They were not reviewed by the board of education prior to purchase.