The elite Dalton School is in the news as parents are outraged by a first grade teacher’s masturbation lesson.
Parents at the $55,000-per-year school found out that their first-graders were being taught sex education lessons, without their knowledge, that included information on masturbation, among other lessons. When they complained to the school administration, they were told that they simply had “misinterpreted” what first-grade teacher Justine Ang Fonte was teaching.
Fonte used a video in her 6-year-old sex education class that talked about “touching themselves” for pleasure. Additionally, she also covered lessons on gender assignments at birth, gender identity, and gender expression.
“Kids have no less than five classes on gender identity — this is pure indoctrination,” a Dalton mother told The NY Post in an interview. “This person should absolutely not be teaching children. Ironically, she teaches kids about ‘consent’ yet she has never gotten consent from parents about the sexually explicit, and age-inappropriate material about transgender to first-graders.”
Another Dalton mother told the post that, “We are furious. We were horrified to learn this was shown to our first-grade 6- and 7-year-old kids without our knowledge or consent. But it’s so hard to fight back because you’ll get canceled and your child will suffer.”
And another parent said, “I’m not against all sex education but it’s not cool to keep parents in the dark about it.”
However, this is not the first time that Fonte has raised eyebrows regarding a controversial school lesson. Last month, the teacher presented another lesson at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School which focused on pornography.
A student told the Post that, “Everyone was texting each other, ‘What the hell is this? It’s so stupid.'”
The workshop was called “Pornography Literacy: An intersectional focus on mainstream porn.” The presentation, which was geared towards co-ed juniors, included explicit images of partially nude women, some in bondage, in order to examine “what is porn and what is art.”
The Dalton School issued a statement defending Fonte’s curriculum.
As part of Dalton’s comprehensive Health curriculum for students, a lesson on Gender & Bodies included two evidence-based and age-appropriate videos approved for students 4 years and older. These videos align with nationally recognized methodologies and standards. We consistently review our Health curriculum, making sure that the content is developmentally appropriate and, if necessary, we adapt our curriculum accordingly. We will continue to listen carefully to parent feedback, respond thoughtfully to community concerns, and develop lessons that are in the best interest of our students, respect our community’s values, and correspond with best practices.
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