Felicia Chew on (Sex) Education in the Schools

Note: This was written March 13, 2019, and fell into the Draft folder.

The linked article “Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools” is not from Pima County, however, the lack of sufficient health (physical and mental) education in the County would benefit from being addressed.  The article identifies some of the most commonly heard arguments against education regarding health:

““Why would we promote that type of confusion for our young children?…I  am talking curriculum that absolutely introduces confusion when its not the public education’s place to do so, nor should we be using taxpayer dollars to fund ‘how to have sex’ curriculum for young children.”… sexual education should be administered by parents at home so that it more accurately aligns with each family’s values.”

This linked article “‘Pure Genocide’: Over 6,000 Nigerian Christians Slaughtered, Mostly Women and Children” also did not happen in Pima County; however, I have witnessed division between groups here in the County.

This linked article “Why Did the Christchurch Shooter Name-Drop YouTube Phenom PewDiePie?” also did not happen in Pima County; however millions, including our youth, are followers of Pewdiepie.

You might be wondering: “Why is Felicia bringing up articles about genocide and a YouTuber when writing about Sex Education?”

I am writing about genocide and a YouTuber because the decision to teach Sex Education in public schools is more than just about teaching Sex Education.  Teaching Sex Education is Education that addresses:

  • Acts of genocide (due to a lack of education from different perspectives);
  • The fear of our youth (being influenced by YouTubers which can be quelled through proper education);
  • Health education, which includes physical, mental, emotional, sexual education and mindfulness provides a firm base for our youth to make informed choices in a world that will not always agree with our beliefs and perspectives.

Please note: I am not intending to promote particular religious, sexual, nor YouTube  practices.  I acknowledge the influence that I have, and would like to remind each of us that we have the ability and responsibility to make choices, including asking questions, staying silent, taking action, or remaining still.  However, we do not have the right to control others.

Thanks for reading.  Please comment below with any questions, comments, etc.  Please share your perspective, and subscribe and share this blog.

❤ Felicia

Felicia’s education story:

I started attending public school at age 5, in California.  I attended through Grade 12.  I was a GATE (gifted and talented) kid, growing up in the charter school and ability-grouping era.  I was a part of my junior high newspaper, a soccer player and cheerleader in junior high, President of the French Club, Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America, and Concert Mistress of the school orchestra in high school.  I participated in the ROP (similar to JTED) Cosmetology Program the summer between my junior and senior years, but was told to drop the program when senior year started, so I could take Orchestra and French, so my college application would look better.

I enrolled in the University of California, Davis as an Econ major.  I wanted to be the CEO of a company.  My Major changed a couple times… to English, and then to Asian-American Studies (it did not exist at UCDavis, so I modeled it after the program at UC Berkeley).

I graduated with a BA in Asian-American Studies and a minor in English.  I took a few years off, then enrolled in the Teacher Credential program, where one of my favorite lessons was in our Technology class, and we listened to the song “Roses are Red”, and

I had become a “leader” (small group, music, and prayer) within the Christian/Catholic groups I was involved with during college, and remained active with Churches until 2011:  from 1989-2004, I lived in California, and I participated in Baptist and Protestant church activities and programs;  from 2004-2011, I lived in New Mexico and I participated in Catholic, Christian Reform, and “Home Church” activities and programs.  In 2010, I wrote a musical called “Jesus Is A Cowboy”.  In 2011, I moved to Tucson, and have visited several churches sporadically since then.

I have worked with countless students in numerous roles in California, New Mexico, and Arizona:

  • I worked as a bus monitor and substitute campus supervisor in California;
  • I worked as an instructional aide in a Resource Room in California and in Tucson;
  • I worked as a Specialist with a Down’s Syndrome student in California, and as a substitute in a class with autistic students in Tucson;
  • I worked as a
  • I worked as an English, History, Art, Music, ELL, Character Values, Social Studies, GATE, and STEM teacher in California, on the Zuni Indian Reservation, in New Mexico, and in Tucson;
  • I worked as the Coordinator of Student Study Teams and Facilitator of 504s in California;
  • I worked as Principal of a Junior High Summer School in California;
  • I worked as District Coordinator of Interventions Programs in California
  • I have worked with Native (Navajo Nation) and Pueblo (Zuni) students, and a variety of individuals in various communities, always seeking to meet individuals where they are.
  • I believe that we are each a piece of the puzzle.  Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.



October 2 Call to the Audience – Pima Co Board of Supervisors

Good morning,

My name is Felicia Chew.  I am a resident of Pima County, and founder of Felicia Chew Community Projects, working to help end systemic domestic violence by building relationships through sharing stories, art, and perspectives.

I am here this morning to share about why October is significant to me.  October is domestic violence awareness month. I am a survivor of domestic violence.

In February of 2011, I moved to Pima County, unaware that I had been a victim of domestic violence.  It was through the responses of the Tucson Police Department, Marana Police Department, and programs like Emerge! and the County Attorney’s victim advocate program that I recognized that I was a victim.

Seven years after moving to Pima County, I am able to say that I am a survivor of Domestic Violence.  I volunteer, with approximately 100 other community members, as a victim advocate through Barbara Lawall’s office.  The Victim Advocate program has been recognized across the nation as an excellent model. Pima County has been a leader in being an advocate to victims’ rights.  To human rights.

One of the reasons that Domestic Violence perpetuates is because victims are afraid to speak up.  People are afraid to speak up because relationships are lacking. Relationships are lacking because we are becoming increasingly limited with venues for building relationships. Relationships build trust, trust allows people to speak up.  People speaking up reduces crime. Reduced crime takes us out of crisis mode. Being out of crisis mode allows us to trust and to build relationships… which reduces crime.

I ask that you be innovative and a leader in finding a way to fuse the reduction of crime by building up community relationships.  Golden Pin Lanes builds relationship. Consider local models like Antigone books, who experienced a recent employee buyout; and longstanding co-op models, like the Food Conspiracy Co-op.  Consider the Aquatics Program. Tap into and build up existing resources, like Golden Pin Lanes to help create a happy, healthy community in the Miracle Mile area, and to revitalize the Oracle Area.

I would like to invite you to Tuesdays for Tucson tonight at La Cocina from 5-10p to help end systemic domestic violence with Al Perry, Church Ink tattoo Parlor, and the Tucson Quilt Project.

I would also like to invite you to the monthly Walk-a-Mile at Jacobs Park, the first Saturday of each month, beginning at 8am.  This month we will be recognizing a sixth grade student for participating in the Tucson Zines Writing Challenge, sharing about a problem in Tucson – hot cars.  Registration and pre-walk activities begin at 8am. The Writing Challenge recognition will be at 9:15am, and the Walk, from Jacobs Park to Miracle Mile and Golden Pin Lanes, will begin at 9:30am.