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10-22-06, 07:01 AM #1
Cleveland city schools will begin sex education classes for Kindergarten students
CLEVELAND - City schools will expand sex education curriculum to include age-appropriate lessons that begin as early as kindergarten, officials said.
The initiative comes as Cleveland's teen birth rates are high but dropping - about 40 of every 1,000 girls ages 15-19 become pregnant every year, according to state data - and rates of some sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, are rising.
Cases of chlamydia, the most common STD, rose 30 percent over the past five years while HIV, rarely diagnosed in adolescents, turned up in 19 Cuyahoga County teens.
"One-third of all the HIV/AIDS cases in Ohio are in Cleveland," said Lita Townsend, responsible sexual behavior coordinator for the district. "Really, the best weapon we have right now is education."
Cleveland schools already offer sex education to many of their middle- and high-school students. The schools also are required to teach HIV prevention.
The new classes, which begin soon, will address self-esteem and peer pressure as well as biology. Children in grades K-3 will learn about how viruses work and appropriate and inappropriate touching. Grades 4-6 will start learning about menstruation and other aspects of reproductive health.
In grades 7-12, the discussion shifts to interpersonal relationships, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and respect for sexual orientation.
Abortion will be explained and defined but not promoted, said Townsend, adding that she's unaware of other programs in the state that target every grade level.
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10-22-06, 02:34 PM #3
Sex ed has nothing to do with teen pregnancy. The teens knew what they were doing, what the risk was and what contraception existed. They either choose to ignore elements or perhaps are simple part of the 50% which are unplanned.Originally Posted by TXCharlie
10-22-06, 06:04 PM #4
My goodness. The kids can't even be kids anymore. But of course the parents won't ever talk to their kids about it so when the kids end of pregnant or with an STD they will blame the school system.
10-22-06, 06:18 PM #5
The age-appropriate sex ed for older kids makes sense too. Sure, some kids will know it already from their parents, TV, the internet, etc., but others won't, and this kind of knowledge would be critical in preventing helping those less knowledgeable kids avoid pregnancy, STDs, rape, etc. Learning about biology isn't going to cause kids who would otherwise be chaste to go out and have sex, just as learning about physics isn't going to cause otherwise sensible kids to jump off buildings.
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10-22-06, 07:55 PM #6
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10-22-06, 08:05 PM #7Originally Posted by Jenna
Sex is everywhere today - in magazines and newspapers, on television and radio. Children will learn about sex whether you want them to or not. Children will also learn about sex from each other Ė information that can be and often is inaccurate. As a parent, it is our responsibility to make sure our children have the correct information. That is why I firmly believe that sex education should start in the home. Unfortunately, many parents feel uncomfortable or unsure about talking about sex with their children. Why is this? Sex is a natural thing. If our children grow up knowing it is okay to discuss sex and their feelings, then they are much more likely to come to us for support regarding other issues as well. Still, there are parents who donít know and/or donít care. Hence, the need for sex education in schools, but not at a kindergarten level. What are they thinking?
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10-23-06, 02:57 PM #9
I don't see what the big deal is, we had sex ed in grade 1, grade 4, grade 9 and I think in grade 11. But I agree that you have to have open and honest communication at home. Lets look at out culture every day kids see death and destruction on TV, but oh my god janet jacksons booby falls and it's the worst thing ever. People need to get their prioroties straight. I remember the stuff were taught when we were young was, the proper names of our genitals and good and bad touching, I think thats fine for youngsters, as we got older the curricilum advanced, std's and such were covered in junior and senior high.
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10-23-06, 11:07 PM #10
Good, I'm glad to hear that the new classes will begin soon.
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