Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sex Ed in Kindergarten?

By the time children leave elementary school, they should be able to "define sexual orientation," and by the 8th grade they should be able to "define emergency contraception and its use." That's what is recommended in the so-called National Sexuality Education Standards report, written by a bunch of academics and public education officials. They make no bones about announcing their controversial views -- they believe that "comprehensive sexuality education should start in kindergarten and continue through the 12th grade."

The rationale for these views about sex education in public schools is that there is "a pressing need to address harassment, bullying and relationship violence in our schools." So, they argue that standards should be introduced in kindergarten and, by the second grade, kids should be able to "identify different kinds of family structures" and "demonstrate ways to show respect for different types of families." By the time kids are age seven, they are supposed to be using "proper names for body parts, including male and female anatomy". By the fifth grade, when most children age 10, they should be able to define "sexual orientation as the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender." By the time kids finish Middle School, they are supposed to be able to explain the health benefits and effectiveness of various methods of contraception and "describe the steps to using a condom correctly."

The authors of this controversial report complain that too little time is devoted to instruction in HIV, pregnancy and STD prevention, and they say that they certainly do not want schools to have any abstinence-only programs.

Parents, if your children are in public school, you had better check and see if this kind of sex education is being taught to your children.

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