Chicago Public Schools is considering a new proposal that would begin teaching sexual education in kindergarten.
MyFoxChicago.com reports that the district's proposal follows "national sexuality education standards" and addresses sexual orientation and bullying for the first time.
Under the proposed policy, younger students will learn about appropriate and inappropriate touching and feelings, according to a district news release. Students in fourth grade will learn about puberty and the HIV virus.
Instruction for children in fifth grade and above will focus on reproduction, contraception, and the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, among other topics, the news releases states.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said the new program will provide children with age-appropriate knowledge that can guide them throughout their lives.
"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," Byrd-Bennett said in a statement.
How does this even start? Kindergarten is a time when children are being introduced to the basic building blocks of education - letters and numbers - and concepts, such as colors.
If I understand this correctly, the same people who would be responsible to report any sexual predatory behavior towards children - as mandated reporters - are introducing them to sexual topics which seem beyond the children's understanding.
Puberty? Isn't the "birds and the bees" the job of the parents to teach? Have parents become so stupid that this must be relegated to the State? Ah, don't answer that - because in many cases, the answer is yes.
Recently a former high school classmate posted a question in our Facebook group to ask if kids are more naive now than when we were on the NYC streets in the 70's. I suggested that one problem is that parents may be more naive - and immature. Immature in that they do not want the responsibility that comes with being a parental authority, with raising a child, and so they convince themselves that kids are more mature these days, they are more hip, more savvy with what the schools teach - and thus do not "need" their parents as much. I have seen this in divorce cases, parent who tell themselves that the "kids will be alright" and that the divorce is "better for them" because it removed "conflict" from their home lives, and they like - no, really, they do! - Mommy/Daddy's new boyfriend/girlfriend, who is more "understanding" and "fun" than the other parent.
Evidently, the need to teach kindergartners about inappropriate touching means the problem of such is more prevalent than thought. If that is true, then what is the likelihood that the teacher is the predator and can get away with his or her activities under the guise of education?
|Mark Berndt, formerly of LAUSD, who sued classroom time to abuse his students.|