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Kama Sutra a Term in Classroom, Parents Shocked

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NBC.com: Kama Sutra is being taught in a Lee County school as a vocabulary word. Parents we spoke with say lovemaking and the classroom shouldn't mix. But the school's principal says Kama Sutra is simply a part of India's literary history.

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A handful of parents are shocked about what their kids are reading in their history book. Kama Sutra is a vocabulary word for the students and it's creating one huge stir.

"It has no place in the classroom - especially if the parents aren't aware that the subject is being broached," said parent Shane Driscoll.

Gateway Charter teaches the word as part of an advanced placement course on world civilizations. Officials there say the textbook and vocabulary list are AP regulated on a national scale.

Gateway Charter Principal Joe Roles wouldn't go on camera Wednesday, but issued the following statement: "It is our responsibility to teach the approved curriculum in the context in which it is presented."

Tenth grader Elijah Hayter said he was already familiar with the term.

"It's the book of all the different sexual positions," he said.

Renga Sunderesan, President of the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, says the doctrine's meaning has changed over time.

"That piece of literature has attracted world-wide attention," he explained.

He went on to say it dates back to India in the third century and lays out basic rules of love and marriage per Hindu law - including the spirituality of lovemaking.

But today, it may mostly be known for its erotic illustrations of sexual positions.

The parents we spoke with said learning about what they call the art of sex is unacceptable.

"In return we want you to understand that while this is a college class, you are teaching it to 15-year-old-students," said parent Kelly Driscoll.

"That's just one of those things you learn as you go through life. It's not that anybody sits down and says, 'Hey this is Kama Sutra. Let me teach you about it,'" added Shane Driscoll.

But officials at Gateway Charter say as long as the term Kama Sutra is on AP tests, it'll be brought up in classrooms.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Blythe October 2, 2009, 3:44 AM

Nice…all of this is being taught @ a private school. A charter school lets parents control what is taught and what goes on in the school. Why don’t you parents take a herd look @ what the teachers are teaching? guess it’s better than the compulsory Spanish that the Lee Co. school system makes your kid learn.

Tony October 2, 2009, 12:10 PM

If it’s being taught at the high school level and within the context of the Indian culture, I don’t see a huge problem with it. Of course I would need to see the course guide and curriculum involved. But this is being taught as a vocabulary word. Just a word. Kids are not completely ignorant to what sex is….they never have been. What, you think their knowledge of the WORD Kama Sutra is going to spurn a flood of teen sex and pregnancy? The United States already has Ignorance…I mean Abstinence only education for that.

Anonymous October 2, 2009, 1:02 PM

Do they really think the Karma Sutra knows something about sex that 15 year olds don’t?

Anonymous October 15, 2009, 12:45 PM

This is rediculous. If I understood the article correctly, it is taught as a vocabulary word right? they are not actually reading the text and exploring its usage? These parents need to wake up and realize that their 15 yr olds have more knowledge then what they r trying to shield them from. Instead of raising hell and calling for banning, why not talk to the kids about what they are learning and setting expectations while keeping them informed.

this gives to show, CURRICULUM NIGHTS while a total drag sometimes, they are helpful because at least then u get to sit down and hear what they will be teaching and you get to raise concerns then


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