Optimal health and respect for all students can only be achieved within a school by first respecting the rights of students and parents to accurate information and to self-determination. It is the school’s legitimate role to provide a safe environment for respectful self-expression for all students. It is not the school’s role to diagnose and attempt to treat any student condition, and certainly not the school’s role to “affirm” a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.
- Provide a safe environment for respectful self-expression for all students.
- Teach students the high value of each individual student, regardless of his or her unique differences.
- Teach that there are physical and mental health risks to promiscuous sexual activity and that the healthiest approach to sexual activity (regardless of orientation) is to refrain until adulthood, most optimally until entering a life-long faithful marriage.
Schools should not:
- Seek to identify and affirm the non-heterosexual attractions in students. There are significant mental and physical health risks to prematurely labeling and encouraging a student’s transient same-sex attraction. This is a matter of self-determination that should be primarily guided and managed by a student’s parents and family.
- Teach students that same-sex attraction is innate, always life-long and unchangeable.
- Teach students and parents that all therapy to restore heterosexual attraction is unsafe and ineffective.
- Encourage the formation of on-campus clubs that promote unhealthy lifestyles.
If sexual orientation is addressed in school, a balanced, factual, and non-biased approach must be taken within the curriculum and by all instructors.