Parents speak out against sex-ed proposal

KEARNEY-- How children learn about sex: some say, introduce biology and gender terms early; others say more modest approaches should be the norm.

Nebraska's Education Department is proposing new sex-ed standards that, if approved, would be unenforceable guidelines for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Governor Pete Ricketts is now asking the department to trash it. He's welcoming parents to a town hall in Kearney, Friday.

The Nebraska Children's Alliance is against the new sex-ed standards, says teaching terms around gender is LGBTQ+ activism rather than objective learning. The group has created a petition to remove terms from sex education, such as 'gender' or 'consent.'

Susan Greenwald, pediatrician and board of directors said personally, her biggest concern is how the fourth grade text books show explicit human bodies.

Proponents of the standards say it's important to build a protective environment for kids who identify as LGBTQ+.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynocolosists shows studies consistently prove sex education reduces the rate of sexual activity, STDs, and adolescent pregnancy.