For some parents of children attending New York City's posh Dalton School, the maxim "you get what you pay for" couldn't ring any hollower.
Particularly at $55,000 per year.
Sources told the New York Post that Dalton "health and wellness" educator Justine Ang Fonte has used a cartoon video in one of her sex-ed classes for 6-year-olds explaining all about the pleasure of touching their very prepubescent private parts.
After going over the process of urination, a little boy character in the video blurts out: "Hey, how come sometimes my penis gets big sometimes and points in the air?"
The woman character, presumably a teacher, explains that he's experiencing an "erection" — after which the boy says, "Sometimes I touch my penis because it feels good."
With that, a little girl character adds, "Sometimes, when I'm in my bath or when Mom puts me to bed, I like to touch my vulva, too."
The woman then explains that "you have a clitoris there ... that probably feels good to touch the same way [the boy's] penis feels good when he touches it."
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The woman adds that while "it's OK to touch yourself and see how different body parts feel ... it's best to only do it in private."
Fonte has reassured parents that she does not use the word "masturbation" in class and that, as the clip mentions, her lessons teach students to not touch themselves in public, the Post reported.
A flap over consent
But the paper said parents also are upset over lessons about "consent," which can be beneficial when it comes to protecting children from abuse — but the Post added that it's angering parents since kids are being told that they can't even be hugged without permission.
"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 parent told the Post, which said parents spoke on the condition of anonymity because they fear retaliation.
Fonte's lessons for first graders also include subjects such as gender assigned at birth, gender identity, and gender expression, the paper reported.
"Kids have no less than five classes on gender identity — this is pure indoctrination," a Dalton mother revealed to the Post. "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."
Another mother told the paper, "We are furious. 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."
The controversy unfolded in the fall after parents caught wind of the video in question, the Post said, adding that school officials said they "misinterpreted" the content. However, the paper said the school "quietly removed the video about kids touching themselves from the curriculum."
Then the Post ran a story on Fonte's explicit "porn literacy" workshop at another elite institution — Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School — and the paper, citing sources, said Dalton parents reacted by lodging additional complaints about Fonte's curriculum.
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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" showing straight women have far fewer orgasms with their partners than gay men or women; and photos of partially nude women, some in bondage, to analyze "what is porn and what is art."
Fonte's presentation included a list of the most-searched pornographic terms of 2019, including "creampie," "anal," "gangbang," "stepmom" and more.
And while Columbia's head of school, William M. Donohue, appeared apologetic to parents about Fonte's porn presentation, a comment from a Dalton spokesman to TMZ seemed anything but:
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.