New York City’s elite Dalton School came under fire when parents found out that their six-year-old children were being taught about masturbation without their consent.
The $55K a year school was “bombarded” by complaints from parents after learning that Dalton Director of Health and Wellness, Justine Ang Fonte, who came under fire recently for teaching “porn literacy” at another area prep school, was showing first graders a video that featured young children talking about touching themselves for pleasure.
“Hey, how come my penis gets big sometimes and points up in the air?” a little cartoon boy asks an animated teacher in the video. She explains that sensation is called an erection.
“Sometimes I touch my penis because it feels good,” the little boy responds, to which a little girl cartoon replies: “Sometimes, when I’m in my bath or when Mom puts me to bed, I like to touch my vulva too.”
The teacher tells her that she has a clitoris “that probably feels good to touch in the same way” that the little boy feels good when he touches himself. Then goes on to tell the children they should only touch themselves privately.
“We are furious,” a Dalton mom reportedly said. “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.”
Fonte’s curriculum also includes gender identity, gender assigned at birth, and consent. “I’m paying $50,000 to these a–holes to tell my kid not to let her grandfather hug her when he sees her?” One mother exclaimed. “Literally parents are supposed to say to their kids, may I hug you?” Raged another.
Dalton said that parents “misinterpreted” the content that was being shown to their kids. “We are not ‘confused.’ We are in fact just seeing very clearly for the first time what a ‘progressive’ education really means at Dalton,” one mother shot back.
Parents reportedly began looking more closely at the school’s sexual education curriculum after Fonte made national headlines for hosting a workshop on “Porn Literacy: An intersectional focus on mainstream porn,” at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.
The explicit class revealed to junior-aged students what the most searched pornographic terms in 2019 were, what the “orgasm gap” between straight women and those in homosexual relationships is, and how to analyze the difference between porn and art by showing them photos of partially nude women in bondage.
Columbia Prep apologized to parents for the content, while Dalton has quietly pulled the video from the curriculum. “We consistently review our Health curriculum, making sure that the content is developmentally appropriate and, if necessary, we adapt our curriculum accordingly,” a Dalton spokesperson said.
“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,” they concluded.
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