The Texas State Board of Education is now considering introducing se education to kindergarteners! Such policies in California would still be disturbing, but would not surprise me. However, for such a conservative state to consider something as ridiculous as sex ed for babies is concerning.
Local Texas news station KLTV reports:
Texas Education Board Commissioner Mike Morath made recommendations in his health care review that include lessons about healthy relationships and reproduction.
Brae’Lee Stewart is six years old and just finished kindergarten a few months ago.
Her mother Brae’Lynn said the idea of her daughter learning anything about sex at her age makes her cringe.
“If she was in school and I got that kind of letter sent home, I’d probably take her out of school,” Brae’Lynn stated, “She would be home schooled, or we would try some kind of private or something. But in no way do I think that is at all appropriate for anybody under the age of puberty.”
I agree with her mother! This type of absurdity makes me glad I will be homeschooling my children once they are of school age!
“Kids talk,” Brae'Lynn added, “They’re out on the playground, they talk back and forth. There’s a million problems that could arise.”
However, Gino Sallo, Ector County’s Health Department director, had a different take.
He said too many young people aren’t comfortable learning how to have safe sex, and those taboos need to be broken down early in life.
“The number one thing it would do is, it would educate them to make the right decisions,” Sallo said.
Beth Webster works to keep young people sexually healthy through programs at the nonprofit Life Center in Midland, Texas.
“While those rates of unplanned teen pregnancy goes down, the infection rates are going up,” Webster said. “Which is why we have our department, is it’s down to education.”
“In no way do they need to learn that from teachers," Brae'Lynn said in response to Sallo, "That is not a teacher’s responsibility. That is a parent’s.”
I agree. It is NOT a teacher's responsibility, and especially not at that age!
The BOE will vote on the policy in fall of 2020.