Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Obama - Birds 'n Bees for five year olds

The headline is worse than what he actually said (and clarified), but I still think Obama's going a little too far:

Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama

"But it’s the right thing to do, to provide age-appropriate sex education, science-based sex education in schools."

When Obama's campaign was asked by ABC News to explain what kind of sex education Obama considers "age appropriate" for kindergarteners, the Obama campaign pointed to an Oct. 6, 2004 story from the Daily Herald in which Obama had "moved to clarify" in his Senate campaign that he "does not support teaching explicit sex education to children in kindergarten. . . The legislation in question was a state Senate measure last year that aimed to update Illinois' sex education standards with 'medically accurate' information . . . '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.'"

I defer to the classic Governator film, Kindergarten Cop: "Boys have a penis; Girls have a vagina". That's pretty much it for a five year old. If some precocious savant asks about where babies come from, a simple "ask your mother" should suffice in kindergarten.

If calling somebody a doo-doo head is the harshest insult you can come up with, you're probably not ready for the "birds and bees" discussion. Most of those kids still believe in Santa Claus. Come back when you can actually spell "vagina".


Anonymous said...

How many other serious political blogs reference Kindergarten Cop? Good show, Sockless!


Sockless Joe said...

Serious? I think I lost some "serious" mojo with "Season Shot", but sometimes I try.

Not to belabor the point, but that's pretty much the intellectual level of kids in kindergarten.

As far as curriculum in my elementary school, I don't think there was any "science" until at least third grade after it was supposed that we could read well enough to make it worth while.

I grant that it was a little absurd being in health class in high school learning about condom use with a pregnant girl in the class. And in my brother's class a girl graduated very preg w/ her second kid.

So maybe 5th or 6th grade isn't to early for in-depth sex ed, but there is a point at which it is too early to broach the subject. And any class with naptime and concern about a few kids still wetting their pants is too early.