Dr. Mintle Answers Your Questions

mintle03(2).jpg 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 parentlife@lifeway.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)


  1. For older children, Dr. Jones’ What’s the Big Deal? explains the basic facts about sex, why God made adults so they want to have sex, what God says about sex in the Bible, and how to respond when faced with sexual pressure from peers, TV, movies, and magazines.

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