We are proud to have Dr. Linda Mintle in ParentLife each month answering questions submitted from readers. To submit a question for Dr. Mintle, e-mail it to email@example.com and include "? for Dr. Mintle" on the subject line. This month we have an extra Q&A from Dr. Mintle we wanted to share.
Q: There is talk in our school about exposing our kindergartners to sex education. I do not understand why the school wants to introduce this at such a young age. What is the thinking behind this?
A: Less than a year ago, the United Nations (UN) recommended that 5-year-olds be taught about gender violence and self-gratification, concepts 5-year-olds cannot even grasp. The UN purported that these issues are age appropriate and that children who live in a world in which AIDS and HIV are rampant must be informed. The guidelines also recommended teaching 9-year-olds the “safety of abortion; the positive and negative effects of aphrodisiacs; and about homophobia, transphobia, and abuse of power.” What you are seeing is a political ideology being introduced as a guise for sex education. It is age-inappropriate and not information most parents would want addressed at young ages. The secular view of sex is not God’s view — a sacred act reserved for a husband and wife — and you do not need to have the secular view forced on your children. You have the right to direct your child’s education even when she attends a public school. Speak out. You do not have to expose your child to sexual content you deem inappropriate. You are a taxpayer and have say in what the school curriculum will include.
Suggested Resource: How and When to Tell Your Kids About Sex by Stan and Brenna Jones (Nav Press 2007)