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The following message comes from Andrew Beckwith, President, Massachusetts Family Institute. Although it does not directly concern us as homeschoolers, this issue has enormous implications for our friends and neighbors who are in the public school system as either students or teachers. Warning: some of the links to the student materials contain graphic images.
- Teaches 12 and 13-year-olds how to use grocery store saran wrap as a dental dam for oral to anal sex
- Uses sexual role-playing in a 7th grade classroom
- Recommends 11-year-olds read a book with pornographic illustrations of teenagers masturbating
The “expertise” that the aforementioned Planned Parenthood official brings to the Framework rewrite stems from her leadership over The Get Real Teen Council. This is a Planned Parenthood initiative that trains high schoolers how to teach children as young as 12 to “consent” to sex as “peer educators.” However, children under 16 are not legally capable of consenting to sex, as the age of consent for sex in MA is 16. A 12 year-old child having sex in MA is the victim of statutory rape. This is not education. This is grooming.
- Contact your state senator and tell them to oppose an Act Relative to Healthy Youth, SB 2459.
- Go to your child’s school and request to review their curriculum. Contact MFI if you need help with this process.
- Attend MFI’s 2020 Lobby Day to show Beacon Hill MA parents are a force to be reckoned with
- Donate to MFI, so we can continue bringing people together from across the state to stop this bill and other anti-family attacks.
For our families,
Massachusetts Family Institute
Get your entries in! Submissions close February 1. This year’s HSLDA art contest is challenging students to experiment with characteristics of three historic genres of art. Whether Cubist, Rococo, or Impressionist, homeschoolers can submit their works to compete for recognition and cash prizes. Entries are being accepted now. For more details, including entry forms and guidelines, see Art Contest.
4. Participate in a Chicago World’s Fair re-enactment in Holden!
Holden Christian Academy would like to welcome homeschoolers to participate in a special school wide event to be held on Friday, January 24: a re-enactment of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Students are welcome to participate in this day-long event with their parents. The students and parents would research and dress up as one of the people who attended the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. They could bring a food to share in the Midway and participate in all of the activities with their grade level. The school does request that they call ahead to give their contact information and secure the details of their participation in the event. There is no fee. They are just requested to be active participants in this enriching event. Some fun sites to whet your interest:
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13. How to submit Box Tops for convention savings
You can earn free or reduced admission to the MassHOPE conventions AND support MassHOPE at the same time! Submissions for the 2020 convention are now closed, but you can start getting credit toward the 2021 convention. Want to submit Box Tops for convention credit but aren’t sure how to proceed? There are now two distinct processes for submission. You may use either or both. See item A, below, to learn about the “new” process. To learn about the “old” process, including the new (and more user-friendly) expiration date policy, see the detailed instructions in item B.
Box Tops should be enclosed in a sealed envelope. Submissions must include all of the following information: name, address, phone number, email address, number of Box Tops enclosed, option chosen, and (if applicable) name of support group that will benefit.