Sex Ed in KindergartenI 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?

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  • Treece

    The anatomy and appropriate/inappropriate touching piece is okay, but I would rather leave the discussions about LGBT and reproduction parts up to parents. I know that parents come from all types of backgrounds (religious, cultural) that may have certain beliefs about homosexuality and reproduction. I like the fact that they have given the option for parents to opt out. My opinion is that at that age, a lot of this discussion needs to happen at home first. But I also know that in some households it won’t. Thats why this school system felt the need to implement it at school. I kind of feel like it’s a shame that it has to come to this though…..I feel like this is evidence of how badly parents have “dropped the ball”. Its a bit jarring to think that officials in the school system feel like they have to step in and teach your five year olds about sexuality because you won’t, and that we are seeing this reflected in situations like the headlining story on Clutch’s home page (Boys growing up too fast).

    • kc

      I disagree. Homophobia is never okay. I don’t care what smokescreen you hide behind, religious or cultural. If schools have to deal with the bullying and violence driven by homophobia, then school officials should be allowed to say “some people are queer and you shouldn’t malign them for that.”

  • Bren

    If so, it needs to be kept “rated G” if possible. Therefore no pictures and no x-rated details.

  • East2West

    Teaching body science, not just reproduction young is so important. It can protect our children, make them more confident and self aware. Birdees sex ed app for PARENTS promotes this and helps parent’s communicate these topics young and in a non intimidating way. http://www.birdessapp.com

  • Elizabeth

    I’d totally support this. As a freshman in high school, I know a 14 year old in the grade below me that has never been in a sex Ed part of any class because his parents keep him out of it. In first grade, a fellow student convinced me to do things for him that I didn’t want to do. He threatened to break my toys if I didn’t listen. I didn’t think I had a choice. If I had sex Ed in kindergarten that said that was wrong, it might not have happened.