Thursday, July 19, 2007
Obama, Grand Social Engineer
Illinois Senator and Presidential hopeful Democrat Barak Obama wants sex education - age appropriate sex education - to be taught to kindergartners.
"But it’s the right thing to do," Obama continued, "to provide age-appropriate
sex education, science-based sex education in schools."

For Kindergartners? Kindergartners?!? I swear, that's just stupid. While he advocates age appropriate information (whatever that means) he also insists it be science-based. What the devil does that mean, exactly? I'm not entirely sure. I can tell you this though, I think 5 and 6 years old is too soon for the facts of life. Call me a prude. Call me a priggish bitch if you like, but I'd prefer that my child's childhood lasted a while longer.

Frankly, it is my job to reveal the facts of life to my child, not the Kindergarten teacher, not the public school system, and certainly not the government or some Presidential hopeful's job. Mine. Mine and my husband's duty.

Now I realize that a great many parents suck and won't do the talk at all. I am not opposed to some sex-ed in school. But, I think it should wait until the fourth or fifth grade. Is that too much to ask? If a kindergartner has a question about sex or where babies come from, can't the teacher direct the child to ask Mom or Dad? What does that hurt? This way at least the parent's have the option of telling the child as much as they want or as little as necessary to satisfy the child.

Inquisitiveness runs deep and early in my family. And, of course, we grew up on the farm. I was aware, at least peripherally or generally, that baby animals come from grown animals. I knew that my baby sister came from my mommy's tummy. I didn't really need to know more than that in Kindergarten. And frankly, there isn't a whole lot of science in what I just related.

Of course, this will not satisfy all children, but this is still a job for the parents. My cousin's first child has a mean streak of inquisitiveness. At the youngest of ages he was asking questions that his parents could answer generally, but this child delved deeper and was satisfied with nothing less than the full and complete story. This kid is going to be a scientist or astronaut, I'm sure. But my point is, this child is not the norm. Most kids don't need to know anything more than can be taught with a lima bean and some soil. Plant the seed, watch it grow.

Anything more than that I'm going to have a problem with. I feel like our children grow up faster every year, what with teachers letting the cat out of the bag on Santa and shining the stark bright light of reality on the wonderful mysteries of childhood. What does it hurt to let you child believe in miracles and mysteries and wonder? Nothing. They will grow up soon enough. They don't need help in this regard from Barak Obama.

Thank you, but no thank you.


posted by Phoenix | 9:38 AM


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