Majority favor notifying parents of objectionable course material - 382 participants

Dec 27, 2016

Rep. Victoria Sullivan is the prime sponsor of HB 103, a bill that requires schools to notify parents no less than 2 weeks prior of educational materials or curriculum related to human sexuality or human sexual education. If a parent objects to certain materials, they are allowed to notify the school and work with the school district to agree upon alternative coursework that will allow the student to meet state educational requirements. Read more about this issue here. On December 27, 2016, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should parents be notified prior to a discussion in school about human sexuality or sex education?” 

“Should parents be notified prior to a discussion in school about human sexuality or sex education?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Parental Notification Sex Ed New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 382 participants gave 936 responses

A total of 89% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 11% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 382 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 936 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 208 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 66% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of requiring schools to notify parents before discussions of human sexuality.

  • “This should be left to the parents. If you teach sex too early, children do not have time to be children.”
  • “I do not want some random person teaching my child about sexual intercourse. That is a private issue, not something to be liberally explained by the school system.”
  • “This would afford parents an ideal opportunity to be part of the process of educating their children.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 34%, were opposed to requiring schools to notify parents before discussions of human sexuality.

  • “With all of the unwanted pregnancies leading to murdered, beaten and abused children, and all of the parents who are still hiding their heads in the sand and thinking their child would never have sex, I think it's time for a professional educator to teach children what their parents won't teach.”
  • “Sex ed must be taught accurately. ... The ethics of sexual activity should be taught in the home. The science of it belongs in the school system.”
  • “Knowledge is power! Biology is something we all share equally. Teach it! Let's try to wipe out ignorance and wives’ tales.”

Other: As noted above, 11% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Sex and culture: “If your kid has a smart phone they already know all about sex.”
  • Consent: “With the epidemic of rape in schools, colleges and the military it's important to teach respect for each other and that no means no.”
  • Role of parents: “Parents should be educated in how to talk to their kids about it… It would be amazing if there were a way to give them the tools to respond when their kids come home with questions so they are not blindsided with it.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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HB 103 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Mar 07, 2017

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