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  • Yes, They Do Want to Teach Sex Ed in Kindergarten

    According to the Associated Press, in order to combat “one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe,” the British government is about to mandate sex education for all students, “including kindergarten-age children.” The AP reports:

    The government hasn’t detailed what the new curriculum will look like, but schools will be asked to provide lessons on relationships and contraception, topics not previously required. Lessons will become more sophisticated as kids get older.

    Elementary schools can offer lessons in naming body parts, preparing for puberty and relationship feelings, [Schools Minister Jim Knight] said.

    For the very young, sex ed will mainly be about self-awareness, he said. “We are not talking about 5-year-old kids being taught sex,” he said. “What we’re talking about for key stage 1 (ages 5-7) is children knowing about themselves, their differences, their friendships and how to manage their feelings.”

    But not everyone feels the state should decide when and how to broach the topic. “I am not the parent who calls her son’s penis a wee-wee. But I should decide if the word penis enters my child’s vocabulary at 5 or not,” said Elizabeth Talbot of London, who has two sons, aged 4 and 6 months old.

    Parents in London, and the United States, have every reason to be concerned. There is simply no evidence that early sex education has any beneficial affect whatsoever.

    The sex education industry wants to get sex ed curriculum into the classroom as early as possible in order to legitimize its larger agenda: normalizing teen sex. Heritage fellow Robert Rector explains:

    There is never any mention of marriage or commitment in the sex ed industry materials. They regard casual sex between 16-year-olds as American as apple pie. When you read the materials they try and put in schools it reads like Hugh Hefner got together with the school nurse. The result is higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, unstable marriages, and increased levels of poverty.

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    6 Responses to Yes, They Do Want to Teach Sex Ed in Kindergarten

    1. ToddK, Nashville says:

      We had a very funny pic on this subject.

    2. Dinamay (Mich.) says:

      Is this what they call "controlling" the sex life of youngsters? Whoever puts this into action is "out of their mind." Parents can answer all questions their children ask, if they are told by parents to ask. Teaching starts at home. Remember that!! (I must add, many of our teachers should be replaced for what they teach)

    3. Dinamay (Mich.) says:

      If teachers need a new subject to teach, tell them to explain the true meaning of the Ten Commandments and follow them through their life. It covers everything to keep them going right.(no matter what religion)

    4. Barb - mn says:

      I want to know why government thinks it's a good idea to introduce SEX to 5 year olds? Cover – up for something in the future? Someone elses personal culture? WHY?

      Public school should be mandated to teach curriculum of facts. NOT OPINION. Biology teaches facts. Because a young brain is constantly growing, teen years could better understand the FACTS. This is simply perverse!

      What parents want outside of teaching curriculum of facts, putting their rightful parental responsibilities on someone else, should be an out of pocket expense to those parents…or no consideration. Let's not forget MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!

    5. Justin - California says:

      This type of lunacy continues to pass for good public policy due in large part to the willingness, even desire, of irresponsible parents to abdicate the moral and ethical education of their children to anybody who’s willing to do it. They then release their morally ambiguous children loose into society and wonder why they didn’t turn out as well as they had hoped. We, the ethically responsible taxpayer, then are told that as a “good citizen” we have a moral obligation to pay for their mistakes and clean up the mess

    6. Sam, Baltimore says:

      Dinamay[Mich.], you have said it all.I really appreciate your comment.Let us teach our children true and deep meaning of "Ten Commandments", and see if there won't be any positive changes.

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