Sex Ed in Kindergarten

Typically most five-year-olds in kindergarten are learning how to spell their names, and count to ten. But this school year, Chicago students will learn a little bit more.  Reading, writing, arithmetic, sexual and health education will now become a part of the curriculum for kindergarteners.

Officials with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will insist the curriculum will use language most kids can understand and will focus on topics  like bullying, correct names for external body parts and the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.

“As you identify body parts, you talk about should you be touched here or not.,” said Stephanie Whyte, the CPS Chief Health Officer. “And if someone touches you, and it’s uncomfortable, you should tell a trusted adult.”

But not every parent is happy with the new curriculum.

From CBS News:

Like every other kindergartner, Angelina Yang is learning reading, writing, arithmetic–and now sexual health education.

“I want to know what kind of education she is receiving before she gets that education,” said Angelia’s mom, Stella. ‘As a parent, I have a right to know.”

“If he has questions, I’m happy to answer them, but I’m not sure it belongs in a classroom setting,” said parent Brooke Lyon.

On top of sexual topics, students will also learn about different family structures that exist in today’s society.  “Whether that means there’s two moms at home, everyone’s home life is different, and we introduce the fact that we all have a diverse background, “ said Whyte.

For 30 minutes a month, five-year-olds in Chicago will get a different lesson in learning. Parents are allowed to view the curriculum and if they’re uncomfortable, their child can opt out of the class.

 

  • Lane

    Pretty much every piece of your comment is either ignorant (filled with homophobia) and just factually incorrect. If you look into this programming, most of it is aimed at keeping young children safe from child predators. If we never talk to young kids about their body parts and the fact that they have a right to not let an adult touch them, how will they know to tell a trusted adult if that does happen? Shaming kids about their bodies only creates an environment for child abuse to thrive.

    And your claim that there was “less sexual activity among teens and fewer teen pregnancies” “when there was no sex education in schools” (Which was when? There have almost always been abstinence-only education programs at the very least) is not even close to being based in facts. Schools/communities without comprehensive sex education have much higher rates of teen pregnancy (bit.ly/11FeWE9). There are countless studies about the benefits of making kids/teens comfortable with their bodies and sexuality and screaming your ignorance from the rooftops isn’t going to change that.

    PS I sincerely hope that you don’t think your viewpoints are “normal” – because frankly, my dear … you sound like a hateful dumb ass.

  • Lane

    Um … that’s because there are fewer layers of skin in your anal cavity (thus, it tears more easily) … so infection is easier spread with gay men (and heterosexual couples who engage in anal sex). And how would gay men be infecting women (if not needle use as you suggest it wouldn’t be)?

    PLEASE tell me you think it only spreads in that population because god has deemed it so.

  • Ms. O

    Is it at all possible that the virulent homophobia and bigotry you express here could shame gay men into denying who they really are and thus creating an environment that encourages them to engage in secretive, riskier behavior in order for them to fulfill their needs. Yes, sex is a need. That being a reason for increased levels of STI, not that you supply any scientific basis for your argument. Teaching young children about their own bodies and what is not acceptable for an adult to do, will do nothing but protect them from predators. As for teaching them about various family structures, guess what, homosexual parents are something that they will encounter with a greater regularity and teaching children to be accepting rather than hateful is a commendable goal.

  • dbsm

    Truth Seeker,

    You cannot say much on this website about HIV/AIDS that goes against public dogma that has been spouted for years–even with the actual data being posted for all to see.

    Everyone once in a while the media wants to keep reminding us of how black women’s HIV numbers are increasing exponentially…but they make no mention of the starting point.

    Keep stating the figures. Maybe someone will get it. I’ve been on here on and off for several years. Nothing new.

  • Donna

    Just because you don’t agree with Jessica’s assessment doesn’t mean you need to call her names. Your ignorant yourself.

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