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Sex-Ed For Five-Year-Olds: Chicago Passes Sex Education For Kindergartners

Sex-ed for 5-year-olds?

A new policy will mandate that Chicago schools begin sex education in kindergarten. While most public schools being their sex-ed classes in fifth grade, the Chicago Board of Educators passed their new policy on Wednesday.

The new policy mandates that every class spend a certain amount of time on sex education — beginning in kindergarten. The 431,000 students in the Chicago school system — the third-largest in the country — will learn the basic of anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships, and personal safety.

The school system’s new policy will take place over the next two years and completely overhaul the current sex education system.

“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.”

Not only will sex-ed begin at a younger age, new information will be included. For the first time in Chicago, sex-ed instructors will discuss sexual orientation and gender identity. The school board has stated that, in an effort to bring awareness and build tolerance, students will learn the definitions of sexual identity. The discussions will include definitions related to heterosexual and LGBT populations.

By third grade, students will focus on family, feelings, and appropriate and inappropriate touching. The fourth grade will introduce puberty and discussions on HIV. From fifth through 12th grade, the emphasis will be on reproduction and the transmission and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and illnesses. Classes will also cover topics such as bullying, contraception, and abstinence.

Parents or guardians of students can opt out of the sexual health education program.

Do you think that kindergarten is too young to begin sex-ed classes?

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8 Responses to “Sex-Ed For Five-Year-Olds: Chicago Passes Sex Education For Kindergartners”

  1. Deborah Dean

    My grandson would be going to private school if we lived in Chicago. I am a teacher, I have enough to teach, now you want me to teach sex-education to the five and six year olds that I teach? What training will the teachers have? Seriously….this is way too much. Many schools are taking out recess, or reducing recess because there is a focus only on academics. Now, lets add one more item to the agenda that PARENTS should be teaching, not teachers. Crazy world!

  2. Wendy Bigpond

    Oh…..heck no! My child is not going to public schools if that is what they are teaching! My 2 year old daughter knows her "anatomy". It is a parents job to teach them anything about sex! Deborah Dean I completely agree with you! I do not want a stranger teaching my child anything about sex! This outrages me! Teachers need to focus on arithmetic, spelling, history, science, etc…….

  3. Joshua V Johnson

    Another reason that home school will be my choice when I have children. Schools are here, but I am worried what might be changed without my knowledge.

  4. Carmen Pedraza Chaidez

    Quite sad! All my kids are in private school and if it comes down to not having enough money, homeschooling it will be!

  5. Carmen Pedraza Chaidez

    I read an article during the Chicago public school teacher strike that said the majority of Chicago school teachers had their own kids in private schools ……makes you wonder!

  6. Cynthia Duprey

    this is sick just sick and id hate to see society pressuring children on the gay and lesbiand thing that's something that they should start thinking about roughly around 13 or 14 not 6 they shouldint even be thinking about dating period this world is just messed up crazy what happend to trucks and dolls?