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Sex Education in Public Kindergarten Classes
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Posted 10/26/08 , edited 10/26/08
I’ve already created a thread about sex-education in public elementary schools. I’m personally ambivalent on that topic. I’ll allow that in many cases it’s necessary and good. Still, I feel that when a child should be taught about the birds and the bees varies by individual. Some kids need to be taught very early, other very late, and still others some place between.

This being said, the majority of kids probably would benefit from a sex-education class in fifth or sixth grade. I don’t think that it really hurts anything in most cases, although I was introduced to pornography by a sex-ed class…

Anyway, I was doing a paper for a Mass Communication’s class that required me to look up an English word with etymological roots in the traditional tongue of one of my ancestors. My father’s side of the family is German, so I decided to look up English words that come from the German language.

The first three that I discovered were: Frankfurter, Hamburger, Kindergarten. I typed each word into a separate search engine to further investigate the etymological roots and inadvertently stumbled upon a blog. According to the blog Obama supports sex-education in public kindergarten classes. The bloger claimed that Obama described sex ed in kindergarten classes as morally just and righteous.

I did a another search and managed to find a recording of the section of his speech that was being referenced:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pO1dIKgfPw&NR=1

What are your thoughts and comments? Do you think Obama is correct and we should indeed have sex-ed in kindergarten classes? Would you support such a movement? Why and why not? Do you feel that the video/blog were being fair?


I think the video is very misleading. Obama did say that sex-ed should be taught in kindergarten classes. However, he later explained that he meant that we should teach kindergarteners about “inappropriate touching.” This I support.

Further debate on the issue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jl-zgb4sgE&feature=related
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Posted 10/27/08 , edited 10/27/08
This reminds me of an episode of South Park.
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"Proper Condom Use"
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Principal Victoria: Teachers, I have some bad news. Last night I received a phone call from the local pharmacist. Apparently, almost all of our fourth graders are sexually active. And now that we've scared them a little they're buying condoms to use.

Ms. Choksondik: I knew it! Well, at least we scared them enough to protect themselves. But now maybe you'll believe me when I say that we need to be teaching even younger than fourth grade.

Principal Victoria: But how old do you think a student should be when they learn about proper condom use?

Ms. Choksondik: ...Kindergarten.

Chef: Kindergarten?!

Ms. Choksondik: We've got to get to the students before they start having... sex. Nu-not after.

Chef: Aw, now this is getting ridiculous!
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Later on the episode:
Chef: Look: Schools are teaching condom use to younger and younger students each say! But sex isn't something that should be taught in textbooks and diagrams. Sex is emotional and spiritual. It needs to be taught by family. I know it can be hard, parents, but if you leave it up to the schools to teach sex to kids, you don't know who they're learning it from. It could be from someone who doesn't know, [a shot of Mr. Mackey] someone who has a bad opinion of it, [a shot of Ms. Choksondik looking around] or even a complete pervert. [a shot of Mr. Garrison]
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My point:
- Well, considering that I have a little brother in kindergarten, I think that it is a bit silly to be teaching this subject at school at a ridiculously young age. If it was to be taught at that age, it should at least be introduced by the parents, as Chef stated in the quote. A kid will indeed listen more intently if it was from someone who he or she really trust, that being the parent(s). Well, from an I article I read a while a ago, telling the kids about the basics, sexually parts like the penis and vagina, being a "special" area will give the kids a bit of awareness of the subject. A bit by bit, progressive, introduction of this subject is probably be best. I remember a kid (I was analyzing an elementary class for a paper) freaking out because of this subject. Well, as you stated, it may just depend on the individual, but the parents should be the ones that should make the first push.
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So back to the questions:
Should schools teach Sex Education at kindergarten classes?
- I say "No."

Would you support such a movement?
- Again, "No."

I will have to agree with you with this point.
- "However, he later explained that he meant that we should teach [kindergartners] about 'inappropriate touching.' This I support."
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Posted 12/6/08
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

They couldn't understand that sex coz there minds are still young...

hahayz!!!!!!!!!!
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No I'd not support sex ed .. my sister finished preschool last year.. n let me tell you.. her mind is not even up to that level yet.. They are still learning their ABC & their counting.. my sister just learn't how to read basic books.. n how to write. But to learn about Sex at a age is a bit too much.. About inappropriate touching.. well.. I've already taught her about that.. I've taught my sister many things n at this age of her life.. I don't think sex will be it at the moment.
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I don't believe children kindergarten age have the emotional or mental capacity to fully understand sex. If its to teach children about inappropriate touching etc then I would support this, but teaching about the birds and the bees should be left to any older age.
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Inappropriate touching should be taught in Kindergarten not by schools but by parents.....it's definitely something we could have in schools but it needs to be with parents permission.........Sex-Education should be required around the ages of Middle School no later! 12 and beyond children's interest starts to be sparked by sexual matters.

But mostly when a child is young there may be some wants to know about everything like: Why do I have a penis and girls don't? Why do you have hair down there etc......these questions should be answered by parents and not ignored. Many toddlers express their natural sexual curiosity through self-stimulation. Boys may pull at their penises, and girls may rub their external genitalia. Teach your children that masturbation is a normal — but private — activity. If your child starts masturbating in public, try to distract him or her. If that fails, take your child aside for a reminder about the importance of privacy.

Sometimes, frequent masturbation can indicate a problem in a child's life. Perhaps he or she feels anxious or isn't receiving enough attention at home. It can even be a sign of sexual abuse. Teach your children that no one is allowed to touch the private parts of their bodies without permission

Also parents should not lie to their children once they get older to understand sex. Often the problem of lying to the child backfires.....which later results in tenn pregnancy. My mother introduced me to sex when I got my period at age 10. She explained the ramifications of my personal irresponsibility via (pregnancy, disease) and it has kept me protected up until now at the age of 23!

So yes sex education should be a measured effort between the school and the parents.
Posted 12/6/08
sex education or inappropriate touching?

it's children around the kindergarten age who tend to get abused, because they lack the knowledge about sexual matters in general, and may due to the lack of this knowledge not even fully realise that what their daddy is doing to them each night is so wrong, even if it hurts, it must be okay, since daddy said so, right?

anyway, teaching them that inappropriate touching is wrong, and that some situations in your life are morally unacceptable is okay. but talking about sex? it would only lead to stupid ideas, and somewhat there are chances that it would spoil the kids, and leading to more premature sex than ever before.

sex education around the age of ~10 is good, because that's where they start to develop these kind of "needs" and interests.

i fear that sex education in kindergarten might spoil those kids more than ever.

but of course, it depends all on the concept of "sex education". what would it include? what not? etc.

unless someone can tell me what the sex ed would include for kindergarten, i can't say no or yes to it.
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Go ahead - chances are they won't remember that shit anyhow; at least it'll make the FCC bastards less retarded when it comes to canceling shows or firing people just because they show or say something vulgar. At least they won't have an excuse anymore.
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Posted 12/6/08
nah dont think so lol! I had sex ed in year 7 or 8 which would have made me about 11-12 years old and i think then and above it is ok coz thats around the time when u start maturing
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Posted 12/6/08
I don't think they would fully understand it, they merely know their numbers and alphabet... and younger children are generally curious, and providing them with such information can kind of hurt them and surrounding people. How? I don't know. Kindergartners are.odd little people.
Posted 12/6/08
i dont think so. for a five year old that's a lot to digest.
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i think its good to teach kids that its not ok for a person to touch in an inapropriate area. and if someone does, scream no, and go and tell an adult

but at the age of 5 teaching sex ed...i might have to ask. "the hell are you doing?"
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No, its just ridiculous to teach them such a thing at a young age. I can understand if they want to teach about hygiene and how to brush yoru teeth, which my sister who's in KG 1 is learning... but sex-ed... aw come on, I know 5th graders who are still at the 'eww cooties' stage, kindergartners in my sisters class are all friends, the boys and girls are all friends and they hold hands, but thats because they're all friends and they see parents and siblings holding their hands... but to actually sit them down and try to teach them sex ed... not going to go over so well.

As ^ said it is good to teach about the 'special' areas and how no one should touch them there, there are a lot of sexual predators... some too close to home like uncles/aunts, neighbors, cousins... even a parent...
Posted 2/2/09
I think there's a big difference talking about sex and talking about reproduction.

There's no reason why kids shouldn't be able to learn about reproduction from an early age. It's a natural thing everyone will experience sooner or later, so treating it like it's something dangerous or it doesn't exist is just plain stupid - that is what leads to unwanted pregnancy, stds and alike. At that age kids aren't really sexual beings either, so it will be easier to teach them about it before they develop an awkward relationship and will be afraid of asking questions which may be important.
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Ew...that's way too young...I didn't learn until fifth grade, though I didn't learn anything that actually mattered until middle school.

I think if kids want Sex Ed. before fifth (I have no idea why they would) they should sign up for a class on their own and not traumatize the rest of the still innocent 5 year-old kids.
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