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Sex-Ed Materials, Digital Seminar Course Approved by Grosse Pointe Public School Board

The Grosse Pointe Public School Board approved two curricular items this week including materials for human sexuality courses and the re-instituted digital seminar course at North High School.

The Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education approved two agenda items this week related to curriculum for students. 

The board unanimously approved materials to be used for human sexuality education in the high school health classes. The district's Human Sexuality Advisory Board asked for the materials approval following one of the group's few meetings in the year.

Board member Tom Jakubiec, who voted to approve the materials following discussion, said he wished the legal portion of the videos could be incorporated into every part of the curriculum to ensure students understand the law and teen sex.

Board member Dan Roeske countered Jackubiec, however, stating that by interjecting the legal portion into every part of the curriculum, it would take away from each individual lesson. He said he believes the materials were done well and will work well in the classroom.

Additionally, the board unanimously approved the re-introduction of a pilot class at North High School called the digital seminar course. The class began as a pilot in the 2008/09 school year but was not offered during the 2012/13 school year. The course is an "information literacy" class that incorporates the use of the district's technology.

During a review of the district's curriculum by the 21st Century High School Review Team, the elimination of the pilot course was noticed. Several administrators requested to bring the course back with the agreement that it's success would be measured and tracked over time. 

 

Christopher Profeta January 31, 2013 at 02:24 PM
The bigger story from the second half of this month's meeting was Mr. Jakubiec's support of a voucher program to help parents send their students to schools outside of the district. It was shocking. http://ppemichigan.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/dont-give-up-on-pre-k/
John January 31, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Is there a way to view this sex-ed curriculum?
Chris K January 31, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Was that what he was saying or was he saying that some parents may choose to send their children to many of the wonderful pre-k programs that are in and around Grosse Pointe. and that public school dollars should be spent on what it is doing well as opposed to creating new programs. People do move here for the schools but many choose to use all of the schools in the community at various points in their children's education. These choices include private and religious schools. A long time ago...before Proposal A, when the district was able to pass school millages at will, administrators were more than happy to have students attend private schools and they didn't bother to enter into programming already met by other providers in the community. While times have changed with the school funding mechanism there are those who live in Grosse Pointe,, who were raised in Grosse Pointe with their parents exercising such options on behalf of them and they now as parents are doing so on behalf of their own children. They may still support the option of private schooling and private independent schools. These residents still pay their taxes and they still deserve a voice on the school board and maybe that voice is Mr. Jakubiec. While I can't speak for the man, he may be suggesting the Grosse Pointe schools should stick to the products they make well and not enter new markets.
Christopher Profeta January 31, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I don't disagree with everything you're saying, and in the interest of full disclosure, I am one of those people whose parents, because they were not happy with the GP preschool (which I believe was nonexistent at the time) or kindergarten program, was sent to Assumption. My daughter also currently goes there because the GP program is insanely expensive and inconvenient. That said, the suggestion that public schools can't compete with private schools when it comes to preschool is not something I want to hear coming from someone who has been elected to lead our district. The benefits of a quality preschool program cannot be overstated. I am not suggesting that people shouldn't be able to choose a private school if they want to, I'm just saying that our leaders in the district should be doing all they can to promote and improve our programs. Here's a video that helps make my point a little more succinctly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_NGK7TeK9k
Becky February 01, 2013 at 01:02 PM
John H..... yes. It is your right. Don't forget the Protection of Students' Privacy Rights: The Hatch Amendment.

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