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Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for Kindergartners

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for Kindergartners

By Gillian Mohney

Feb 28, 2013 4:21pm
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Chicago has the third largest public school system in the nation. (Getty Images)

While most U.S. public schools start sex education in the fifth grade, sex education will be coming to Chicago kindergartners within two years as part of an overhaul of the Chicago public schools sexual health program.

The new policy, which the Chicago Board of Education passed Wednesday, mandates that a set amount of time be spent on sex education in every grade, beginning in kindergarten.  Chicago has the third-largest public school system in the country, with 431,000 students.

“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,” Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of the Chicago Public School System, said in a statement. “By implementing a new sexual health education policy, we will be helping them to build a foundation of knowledge that can guide them not just in the preadolescent and adolescent years, but throughout their lives.”

Under the new policy, the youngest students – the kindergartners — will learn the basics about anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships and personal safety. Through the third grade, the sex-ed lessons will  focus on the family, feelings and appropriate and inappropriate touching. In the fourth grade, students will start learning about puberty, and HIV.  Discussions will emphasize that the virus cannot be transmitted through everyday contact such as shaking hands or sharing food.

From the fifth through the 12th grade, the emphasis will be on reproduction, the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and other sexually-transmitted diseases, bullying and contraception, including abstinence.

For the first time in Chicago, sex-ed instruction will cover sexual orientation and gender identity. Students will be introduced to terms and definitions associated with sexual identity, including those related to heterosexual and LGBT populations, in an effort to bring awareness, promote tolerance and prevent bullying, said the school board.

Parents or guardians of students can opt out of the sexual health education program if they so choose.

Developed by the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness last year, the policy was designed to align the Chicago public school system with the standards in President Obama’s national HIV/AIDS strategy.

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candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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I saw this article yesterday and was too disgusted to even post it.   Let the indoctrination begin.



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For the first time in Chicago, sex-ed instruction will cover sexual orientation and gender identity. Students will be introduced to terms and definitions associated with sexual identity, including those related to heterosexual and LGBT populations, in an effort to bring awareness, promote tolerance and prevent bullying, said the school board

meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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There's an opt out available and I'd definitly be using it.  Why does a kindergartner need to be taught all about reproduction, they've generally already asked mommy where babies come from at that age and been told by mommy all they really need to know.

I'm not surprised at all though. When they began pushing comprehensive sex ed at younger and younger ages, I told Dh that eventually they'd be putting it in some form in kindergarten classes. Wouldn't surprise me either if in the next few years they decide those kindergartners aren't being taught enough about all this and begin including more and more "information".  They never seem to take into account whether or not the kids actually have the maturity to deal with the information in an appropriate manner.

Paigesmommy78
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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That's sad just one more way this country has of pushing our children to grow up and take away their innocents childhood
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smushy79
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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 I would totally take the opt out option. Wow....

garnet83
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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I'd opt out in a hot second. Kids are not performing at grade level in academics and people are graduating high school barely able to read and write or balance a checkbook. Perhaps they should rechannel their focus on academics instead of sex and social issues and leave those to the parents where they belong.

romalove
by Roma on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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There is nothing wrong with this.

My school district, where we have all Blue Ribbon schools (eight elementary, a middle, a junior high and a high school, all have this designation) has sex and/or health education (it's called both) from kindergarten on.  It is age appropriate instruction in caring for yourself, family relationships, and as they get older, reproduction and sexual relationship issues.

Fear of the kids learning about life is just silly.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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 How on earth does telling children it's not okay for them to be molested do anything other than keep them safe?

Ignoring problems doesn't make them go away...at least not in my experience.


Quoting Paigesmommy78:

That's sad just one more way this country has of pushing our children to grow up and take away their innocents childhood


 

meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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Quoting garnet83:

I'd opt out in a hot second. Kids are not performing at grade level in academics and people are graduating high school barely able to read and write or balance a checkbook. Perhaps they should rechannel their focus on academics instead of sex and social issues and leave those to the parents where they belong.


Wish I could like this about 100 more times.
UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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 What planet are you on Roma? We don't want a country full of kindergartners who know what a penis is or that they shouldn't be molested! What kind of world do you want to live in lady?


Quoting romalove:

There is nothing wrong with this.

My school district, where we have all Blue Ribbon schools (eight elementary, a middle, a junior high and a high school, all have this designation) has sex and/or health education (it's called both) from kindergarten on.  It is age appropriate instruction in caring for yourself, family relationships, and as they get older, reproduction and sexual relationship issues.

Fear of the kids learning about life is just silly.


 

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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Sorry but CPS have such low test scores, terrible reading skills. math skills, writing...They need to focus on these things first. I would probably opt out as I've always openly discussed things with my kids. I parent my children, I don't need the school doing my job.

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