Chicago Schools to Teach Sex Ed to Kindergartners

By:  Raven Clabough
09/04/2013
       
Chicago Schools to Teach Sex Ed to Kindergartners

This year, Chicago Public schools are incorporating a mandatory sexual and health education kindergarten curriculum.

According to administrators at Chicago Public schools (CPS), children as young as five years old should be receiving sex education. This year, mandatory sexual and health education have been added to the kindergarten curriculum.

CBS local news reports, “CPS insists the curriculum will use language children understand and focus on topics like bullying, correct names for external body parts and the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.”

The new policy calls for 300 minutes of instruction, amounting to approximately 30 minutes per month.

Stephanie Whyte, the CPS chief health officer, elaborates, “As you identify body parts, you talk about should you be touched here or not. And if someone touches you, and it’s uncomfortable, you should tell a trusted adult.”

Whyte also states that the curriculum will allow the students to look at different family structures.

“Whether that means there’s two moms at home, everyone’s home life is different, and we introduce the fact that we all have a diverse background,” said Whyte.

Some parents, however, are opposed to such lessons being taught in schools. For instance, parent Brook Lyon told CBS News, “If he [her son] has questions, I’m happy to answer them, but I’m not sure it belongs in a classroom setting.”

Perhaps even more astounding is that the curriculum change dates back to a proposal issued by Barack Obama in 2003 when he served as Illinois state senator. He later defended his position during his 2008 presidential run.

Life News recalls:

At a Planned Parenthood convention at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2007, a teenage girl who said she worked as a sex-education “peer educator” in the D.C. public schools asked then-U.S. Sen. Obama what he would do to encourage the teaching of “medically accurate, age-appropriate, and responsible sex education.”

In response, then-Senator Obama stated that he worked with Planned Parenthood to advocate a sex education bill during his tenure in the Illinois state legislature.

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Photo: art and craft activity in the kindergarten via Shutterstock

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