ABC’s blog, “Political Radar” has this headline for one of its stories: Sex Ed for Kindergarteners ‘Right Thing to Do’ Says Obama
My first thought was, “well, yeah, it is”. Second was, “I bet the idiots are freaking out about this.” Both, of course, are correct.
Browsing through links on memeorandum, you’d think that Obama wants to give teh kiddies pr0n and condoms. With a *wink wink* and a *nudge nudge*. GMAFB. What Obama said was that age appropriate, scientific information should be given. ABC requested clarification because, apparently, there are idiots out there who have no idea what could possibly be “age appropriate”, this was the answer given:
‘Nobody’s suggesting that kindergartners are going to be getting information about sex in the way that we think about it,’ Obama said. ‘If they ask a teacher ‘where do babies come from,’ that providing information that the fact is that it’s not a stork is probably not an unhealthy thing. Although again, that’s going to be determined on a case by case basis by local communities and local school boards.'” In addition to local schools informing kindergarteners that babies do not come from the stork, the state legislation Obama supported in Illinois, which contained an “opt out” provision for parents, also envisioned teaching kindergarteners about “inappropriate touching,” according to Obama’s presidential campaign.
OH NOES! Not only does he think kids should be given the truth about how human beings work, he gives people the option of opting out if they want! What a maniac! What a freak! How dare he?! Heck, he doesn’t even say that mechanical details need to be given. Just the absolute barest of basics (the stork doesn’t deliver, for example) and “good touch/bad touch”.
Our oldest is now seven. He got a sister when he was three, a brother when he was four, and another brother at age five. He started asking questions when I was pregnant with his sister. We explained them as he asked. When I was pregnant with our last (last, I tell you!) child, our daughter started asking the same questions. It’s just no.big.deal. when it comes to explaining it. You use simple explanations and you don’t need to go into extraneous detail about STDs and contraception. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge advocate for comprehensive sex education (that also starts at home!), so it’s not like I don’t believe in talking about those issues. They come in time, as a child can process and understand those issues.
I think certain adults get all freaked about it because sex = “naughty” or “dirty” fun. Hubba-hubba and all that. But kids don’t think of it that way and won’t associate all the “adultness” or “naughty fun” with it just by the simple explanation of how sex and the body work to “make a baby”. The truth of the matter is, it’s as non-sexy and non-a big deal as explaining digestion or breathing. It just simply IS. And Obama isn’t really even suggesting this–and you can opt out! Yeesh.
If anyone out there is facing this issue, a really great book to have as a companion piece (or center piece) of any of your discussions is this: It’s So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie Harris. It’s more or less for ages 6 – 10 and is very matter-of-fact but also engaging. BTW, this book and his other, It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health are both in the Top Ten of Challenged/Banned Books in 2005. I’ll give you three guesses as to why.