Last fall, parents on the posh $55,000-per-year Dalton School acquired wind of their first-graders being taught sex-education classes that included masturbation.
They complained to high school directors, however have been informed they’d merely “misinterpreted” what Dalton’s now-notorious “health and wellness” educator Justine Ang Fonte — who final month led a controversial and specific “porn literacy” workshop at one other elite prep college — was instructing.
But after The Post’s exposé final week on the porn class, Dalton parents “bombarded” the college with extra complaints about Fonte’s curriculum, sources informed The Post.
The Post seen video of a cartoon Fonte utilized in one among her sex-ed courses for 6-year-olds displaying little youngsters speaking about “touching themselves” for pleasure.
“Hey, how come sometimes my penis gets big sometimes and points in the air?” asks the little boy within the cartoon, resulting in a proof of what an “erection” is.
The boy nods and says, “Sometimes I touch my penis because it feels good.”
Then the little woman character chimes in: “Sometimes, when I’m in my bath or when Mom puts me to bed, I like to touch my vulva too.”
Fonte has reassured parents that she doesn’t use the phrase “masturbation” at school, and that her classes train youngsters to not contact themselves in public.
They are additionally taught classes about “consent.” While one mom conceded that instructing the idea of consent could be beneficial in defending kids from abuse, one other mentioned telling youngsters that that their very own parents or grandparents shouldn’t contact them with out first asking for permission is excessive.
“Literally parents are supposed to say to their kids, May I hug you?” one guardian mentioned.
One mom mentioned that one other guardian informed her, “I’m paying $50,000 to these a–holes to tell my kid not to let her grandfather hug her when he sees her?”
Fonte’s classes for first-graders additionally embody topics similar to gender assigned at start, gender id and gender expression.
“Kids have no less than five classes on gender identity – this is pure indoctrination,” a Dalton mom mentioned. “This person should absolutely not be teaching children. Ironically, she teaches kids about ‘consent’ yet she has never gotten consent from parents about the sexually explicit, and age inappropriate material about transgender to first graders.”
“We are furious,” a 3rd Dalton mom informed The Post. “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 cancelled and your child will suffer.”
The second Dalton mom mentioned, “I’m not against all sex education but it’s not cool to keep parents in the dark about it.”
The parents spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of they’re afraid of retaliation.
The second mother hit again at Dalton directors who she mentioned are taking part in thoughts video games with parents and never fessing as much as what’s actually happening in school rooms. The college has mentioned that solely a “small group” of parents complained about Fonte’s class final fall and that they “misinterpreted” the content material. At the identical time, nevertheless, the college quietly eliminated the video about youngsters touching themselves from the curriculum.
“We are not ‘confused.’ We are in fact just seeing very clearly for the first time what a ‘progressive’ education really means at Dalton,” the mom mentioned. “The fact that the school then gaslit parents into thinking we are confused is abysmal.”
Fonte’s work on the college is reportedly funded by a $450,000 grant given to Dalton in 2012 by hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Foundation. Ackman’s ex-wife Karen is on the Dalton board of trustees.
“What we are seeing across the country is that many schools have lost sight of the purpose of education, and are hiding curriculum and teaching materials from parents,” a spokesman for FAIR, the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, informed the Post.
Last week the Post reported on Fonte’s workshop, “Porn Literacy: An intersectional focus on mainstream porn,” at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. The often-explicit slide presentation and lecture to the 120 co-ed juniors included how porn takes care of “three big male vulnerabilities”; statistics on the “orgasm gap” displaying straight ladies have far fewer orgasms with their companions than homosexual males or ladies; and images of partially-nude ladies, some in bondage, to investigate “what is porn and what is art.”
Fonte’s presentation included an inventory of the most-searched pornographic phrases of 2019, together with “creampie,” “anal,” “gangbang,” “stepmom” and extra.
Shortly after the Post revealed the Columbia Prep story final week, its head of faculty Dr. William M. Donohue despatched a conciliatory electronic mail to high school parents saying that the “content and tone of the presentation did not represent our philosophy, which is to educate our students in ways that promote their personal development and overall health, as well as to express respect for them as individuals. … It was unfortunate that we did not better inform ourselves of the speaker’s specific content in advance. I apologize … Going forward we will certainly learn from this experience.”
Fonte has not responded to repeated requests from the Post for remark.
A Dalton spokesman mentioned, “As part of Dalton’s comprehensive Health curriculum for students, a lesson on Gender & Bodies included two evidence-based and age-appropriate videos approved for students 4 years and older. These videos align with nationally recognized methodologies and standards. We consistently review our Health curriculum, making sure that the content is developmentally appropriate and, if necessary, we adapt our curriculum accordingly. 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.”