I can remember sex education class in sixth grade. Immaturity pervaded the room as boys giggled at the mention of menstruation and girls blushed at the word penis. That was little more than a decade ago, but children are much more advanced now than they were then. I blame the Internet.
Chicago Public Schools acknowledge the enhanced advancement of post-millennial children, so the school district has passed sex education for kindergartners. The policy would teach kindergartners appropriate and inappropriate touching and feelings, anatomy, reproduction and healthy relationships. It also requires sex education in all grades therefore.
The stork is no longer an option for parents. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the district’s CEO, released a statement explaining the importance of the program.
“It is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors, and relationships,” she writes.
Sex-ed instruction will also cover sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time. The school board is introducing LGBT and other terms to children to promote tolerance and awareness of different identities.
The district realizes the controversy of the policy, so parents will be able to opt out of having their children participate. Some parents are still uncomfortable with the proposed legislation.
Melissa Diebold, a parent, thinks the policy is inappropriate. “I don’t think its age appropriate. They have no concept of anything like that at that stage in life,” she told My Fox Chicago.
Another parent, Mikkel Nance, thinks sex education should involve parents.
“[T]he only concern is how they implement it, and if they involved parents in that process and if they do so they’ll make that transition smoothly,” he said.
Is sex ed for kindergartners inappropriate?