Justine Ang Fonte, a teacher at Manhattan’s renowned Dalton School who sparked outrage with her controversial sex education class for first graders, has resigned.
The school’s head, Jim Best, acknowledged the change in an email to parents on Friday, according to the New York Post, months after Fonte showed the young pupils a film on masturbation.
The short showed animated youngsters having candid conversations about sexual practices and body functions, such as erections and self-touching for pleasure.
After parents, who spend up to $55,000 a year in tuition, expressed their indignation, the Dalton School apparently deleted the film from its curriculum.
“Justine Ang Fonte has contributed to the development of an outstanding K-12 Health and Wellness programme throughout her time at Dalton. “Dalton — our professors, staff, administration, and trustees — continue to support this programme and its instructors,” Best said. “Justine revealed her intention to leave Dalton this week during faculty and staff meetings to focus on her work as an independent Health Educator. For almost a year, she has been working towards her objective. We believe in Justine’s ambitions and look forwards to celebrating her achievements as the school year draws to a close.”
“Hey, how come my penis gets enormous and points in the air sometimes?” a boy in the cartoon wonders. “I touch my penis now and again because it feels good.”
Fonte was also chastised last month at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School for her “pornography literacy” lesson.
The course, according to the Post, was a co-ed workshop for juniors that covered a variety of porn genres, including “incest-themed,” “BDSM,” and “barely legal,” as well as data on the “orgasm gap” and “marketability of OnlyFans.”
Dr. William M. Donohue, Columbia’s head of school, addressed the workshop in an email to parents last month, insisting that the workshop’s “content and tone 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.” We could have done a better job of preparing ourselves for the speaker’s unique content.”
“I like to touch my vulva sometimes while I’m in the bath or when Mom puts me to bed,” a little girl says.