Marybeth Hicks

In the first grade, outcomes include the ability to "understand [that] human beings can love people of the same gender and people of another gender," which means forthright lessons about homosexuality for 6-year-olds.

By the fifth grade, a critical competency of the Helena sexuality-education program is to "understand that sexual intercourse includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration; using the penis, fingers, tongue or objects." This educational outcome is repeated in every grade level from fifth through 12th grade (apparently, unlike gay porn in Pennsylvania, it's not expected to be memorable enough to remain in students' collected knowledge base).

Keep in mind that most fifth-graders are 10 years old. Some child-development specialists believe forcing such young children to endure lesson plans that present such graphic material constitutes child abuse.

But for our nation's largely leftist teaching establishment — the folks who train teachers and develop this kind of curriculum — "competency" is actually defined as a progressive belief system about sex and sexuality, so exploiting childhood innocence is worth the result.

Parents in Pennsylvania reacted with appropriate outrage when a careless community speaker accidentally violated their teens' innocence.

Parents in Montana — and across the country, for that matter — need to be equally outraged that the innocence of our nation's children is gradually being sacrificed in the name of "comprehensive" (read: progressive) sexuality education.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).