Parents in Rainier, Oregon are fit to be tied after learning that their children were exposed to an explicit sex education book at Hudson Park Elementary School. The book, entitled It’s Perfectly Normal, was apparently left in the school library and shown to fourth graders. Inside the book are explicit drawings of sexual acts and naked adults.

“Inappropriate human development and sexuality books were disseminated to students who had library,” said the principal in a letter to parents. “Procedures have been put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Remarkably, though, the book is approved by the state of Oregon for students 10 and up. The only controversy, as far as the school is concerned, is that children as young as nine had access to the book last week.

Here’s a sample illustration from the book:

 

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This is appropriate for a 10-year-old? A 10-year-old needs to learn how to properly use a condom? Really?

When did we, as a society, decide to just give up? When did we decide that kids will be kids, there’s nothing we can do to stop them? What does all of this look like in a decade? Or fifty years down the line?

For 200 years, our country survived and thrived without giving little kids an explicit education in sex. Why now, all of a sudden, do 10-year-olds need a book to teach them about masturbation, contraception, and anal sex?

According to a 2012 study, American 15-year-olds are 29th in the world when it comes to mathematics literacy, 22nd in the world in science literacy, and 19th in the world in reading. But yet we have time for this.

But liberals don’t want to hear it. Bah, you sound like the old fuddy-duddies who thought Elvis was going to destroy America. Get with the times, you Puritan!

Okay, but…what if…what if those old fuddy-duddies were right all along? Liberals hate the “slippery slope” argument, but it certainly holds up in hindsight. Today, we laugh about Elvis’s hip-shaking, TV shows that couldn’t show a married couple in bed together, and the early hysteria about The Simpsons. But why do we laugh? Not because those concerns were unfounded but because our media culture today is so outrageous that the old ways seem impossibly quaint. We comfort ourselves with platitudes that don’t really hold up to scrutiny: Oh, the old folks always condemn the younger generation. It’s always been this way.

But it hasn’t. Teenage rebellion isn’t an inherent characteristic of human growth. We are witnessing what happens when we stop raising kids according to time-tested values and instead give them over to Hollywood executives who know there’s a fortune to be made in pushing the envelope. And surprise, surprise, it has turned our country into a cesspool of sex, vulgarity, and irresponsible behavior. Every time we think things can’t possibly get any worse, we are quickly proven wrong.

Sex may be “perfectly normal,” but the rest of this is about as far from normal as you can get.