Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for Kindergartners

Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for Kindergartners

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Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 28, 2013

By Gillian Mohney

Feb 28, 2013 4:21pm

Chicago has the third largest public school system in the nation.(Getty Images)

While most U.S. public schools start sex education in the fifth grade, sex education will be coming to Chicago kindergartners within two years as part of an overhaul of the Chicago public schools sexual health program.

The new policy, which the Chicago Board of Education passed Wednesday, mandates that a set amount of time be spent on sex education in every grade, beginning in kindergarten. Chicago has the third-largest public school system in the country, with 431,000 students.

“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.”

Under the new policy, the youngest students – the kindergartners — will learn the basics about anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships and personal safety. Through the third grade, the sex-ed lessons will focus on the family, feelings and appropriate and inappropriate touching. In the fourth grade, students will start learning about puberty, and HIV. Discussions will emphasize that the virus cannot be transmitted through everyday contact such as shaking hands or sharing food.

From the fifth through the 12th grade, the emphasis will be on reproduction, the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and other sexually-transmitted diseases, bullying and contraception, including abstinence.

For the first time in Chicago, sex-ed instruction will cover sexual orientation and gender identity. Students will be introduced to terms and definitions associated with sexual identity, including those related to heterosexual and LGBT populations, in an effort to bring awareness, promote tolerance and prevent bullying, said the school board.

Parents or guardians of students can opt out of the sexual health education program if they so choose.

Developed by the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness last year, the policy was designed to align the Chicago public school system with the standards in President Obama’s national HIV/AIDS strategy.

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Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 28, 2013
I am glad that Chicago has their school district performing so well that it can afford to take on additional educational opportunities.

Kent, WA

#3 Feb 28, 2013

Smart Liberal

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

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#4 Feb 28, 2013
Do you think this will cut the pregnancy rate of grade school girls in the Chicago Public School System to below 50%?

This is a great example of why every parent needs to find a way to get their kids out of the public school systems in this country.

Private schools, some charter schools, or home schools are the way to insure you will be able to provide the education your child will so desperately need as this country goes further down the flusher.

Neenah, WI

#5 Feb 28, 2013
Young Africans in Chicago probably start growing bush at a young age. We all know they start poppin out lil chillin at an early age. Their population needs to be controlled.

Kent, WA

#6 Feb 28, 2013
Seems like that costs money, you're unwilling to pay the masses... Sweet, you claim to care, but that sugar water ran out... just like you did from my waiver offer.... Hertz, to see you getting senile at such a terrific rate.

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 28, 2013
Don't teach them RRR but they WILL be able to pop out babies ASAP!!

Really stupid.

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