Sex ed wrong rite of spring
By Jennifer C. Braceras | Thursday, March 24, 2011
http://www.bostonherald.com | Op-Ed
Pay attention parents! It’s spring. And before you know it, Massachusetts public schools will begin their yearly sex-ed lessons for kids as young as 5.
Of course, they won’t call it “sex ed.” They’ll call it “health.” But a rose by any other name is still a rose.
Several years ago, my first-born came home from kindergarten with a notice about an upcoming anatomy lesson and a list of words that included not only penis and vagina, but also scrotum and vulva! She presented me with the list and a parental consent form, which I was tempted not to sign.
Friends with older children assured me, however, that the lessons would go right over the kids’ heads and that it would be more damaging to my daughter to pull her out of the lesson. OK, I thought, maybe I am overreacting. So I let it go.
Indeed, when specifically asked why the school presents lessons on HIV in the third grade, rather than in middle school, one school administrator made this shocking admission:
“The goal is to reach kids before they absorb their parents’ values. By middle school it’s too late.”
CLICK HERE to read the full op/ed in the Boston Herald.
NOTE: This is why we ask parents to closely monitor what their children are being taught in school, especially on human sexuality. The curriculum varies from school district to school district and we ask that you alert us of anything in your local school that violates your parental rights regarding the education of your children.