….god forbid your child, who wasn’t properly educated about sex from you, heads to the internet. Imagine them coming across some of these ‘so-called’ sex blogging websites, and mistaking it for something out of Animal Kingdom hot muskrat monkey sex on a platter? Yeah, I’m sure that’ll be an even harder conversation to have.
Last week on Google chat, I had a short discussion with my buddy Jenee (aka JaneGoldenArms) about the Helena Montana Public School System proposed Sex education curriculum (jump to page 45-50 on the pdf file) and whether or not I agreed with the human sexuality curriculum. It seems as though a lot of people are up in arms because the curriculum starts at the kindergarten level and to be honest, I was a little apprehensive about grade K kids learning about sex as well. Then as with most people who jump the gun, I didn’t read the proposed plan before forming an opinion about it. Below is a break down of what each grade could expect to learn:
Recognize elements of a healthy relationship I.e.,respect, caring,boundaries
Understanding human beings can love people of the same gender & people of another gender.
Understanding making fun of people by calling them gay (e.g. “homo,” “fag,” queer”) is disrespectful and hurtful.
Understand media often presents an unrealistic image of what it means to be male or female, what it means to be in love & what parenthood & marriages are like.
Understanding that sexual intercourse includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration. Understanding sexual orientation refers to a person’s physical and/or romantic attraction to an individual of the same and/or different gender, and is part of ones’ personality.
Understand gender identity is different from sexual orientation. Understand the media usually does not portray sexuality realistically.
Discuss the Supreme Court decision that has ruled that, to a certain extent, people have the right to make personal decisions concerning sexuality & reproductive health matters, such as abortion, sterilization and contraception.
Understand erotic images in art reflect society’s views about sexuality & help people understand sexuality. Understand sexual orientation is determined by a variety of factors.
Assuming that I live in Montana, and considering I’m the parent of a 6th grader, my son could potentially learn about gender identity, which isn’t anything we haven’t discussed before *gasp*. I truly don’t think the information that the school board is proposing is anything drastic. It’s not something a child couldn’t learn by flipping through MTV, BET, VH1, Lifetime, LOGO, the evening news, or any other channel on television.
Imagine a world where sex education isn’t made a big deal of in schools. Quite possibly there would not be a need to have a show called 16 and Pregnant on MTV, Forever 21 selling maternity clothes or a rise in STD rates amongst young adults. Hell, I know some adults who need to move to Helena County if this proposed curriculum is passed, because some of you need to start with the basics.
What is your opinion on the proposed curriculum and sex education being taught in schools ?