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LONDON — Britain, with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe, is bringing sex education to all its schools — including kindergarten-age children.
“It’s vital that this information doesn’t come from playground rumor or the mixed messages from the media about sex,” Schools Minister Jim Knight said today, announcing that sex ed would be added to the national curriculum.
English schools now are required to teach basic lessons on reproduction as part of the science curriculum. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have separate education departments and standards. Only Scotland makes sex education voluntary.
Elementary schools can offer lessons in naming body parts, preparing for puberty and relationship feelings, Knight said. For the very young, sex ed will mainly be about self-awareness, he said.
“We are not talking about 5-year-old kids being taught sex,” he said. “What we’re talking about for key stage 1 (ages 5-7) is children knowing about themselves, their differences, their friendships and how to manage their feelings.”
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by Clark W. Griswold
WOW. What ever happened to the ABC's.. coloring pictures.. nap time.. learning about trees and sun and basic things like that?
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy
Stick to playing Doctor with your neighbors and watching softcore porn when your parents go to bed kids.
Originally posted by Layla
Also, don't forget the news articles from earlier this year of "child sex gangs" found to be operating at some school (in Australia if I'm not mistaken). Kids are seeing and doing far more these days then we ever did, and they're learnign it SOMEWHERE.
Originally posted by seabisquit
No wonder they are trying to pass Prop 8 against gay marriage. What will they want if that gets voted down. It's a very slippery slope IMO.
7 years old be trusted with the knowledge of what a bunny and a willy are for
Originally posted by THELONIO
can children of 7 years old be trusted with the knowledge of what a bunny and a willy are for?