Below are examples of what will be taught from each of the books that will be used in 7th, 8th and 9th grades. Please note that this is only a fraction of the material to be taught. While there are some worthwhile activities in these materials and they seem like they cover important points (e.g., goal setting, character traits), Cedarburg Parents for Responsible HG&D Education has concluded from their review of the material that most of the "good" topics are taught inadequately (or contradictorily) and that overall, the negatives far outweighs the positives. We encourage all Cedarburg Parents to come to a comprehensive understanding of the Choosing the Best program by contacting the Cedarburg School District office and reviewing the complete teacher's manual for the grade that you are interested in.
The Choosing the Best program purports to promote abstinence until marriage, stressing to teens that an intimate relationship outside of marriage leaves a person feeling shame, guilt, low self-esteem, worry and depression. It teaches that a person who engages in a sexual relationship outside of marriage—which appears to mean any interaction beyond kissing—is dirty, used, damaged, and will be less likely to be able to “bond” with a future spouse. It idealizes the “wedding night” and marriage and sends the message to teens that they will be worry free and free from emotional harm if they remain abstinent until marriage.