California has adopted new sex education standards for its public school system:
"In fifth grade, students will learn about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases. In middle school, they will discuss the psychological and physical consequences of rape and sexual assault. By high school, students will be talking about condoms and even the morning-after pill."
I cannot even imagine how it could be developmentally appropriate to discuss the above topics in elementary or middle school. 10-year-old 5th graders are just starting to understand the changes they'll undergo in adolescence...to go on to very negative adult material is too much, too soon.
Of course, there are those who will say that this information must be given out to children when they're young because some kids need it to be "safe." Great, let's give all children a warped and unhealthy view of sex, focusing them on learning about STD's and rape between the ages of 10 and 13, simply because some kids are engaging in sexual conduct. Sigh.
Thankfully my own kids aren't going to be exposed to this new curriculum, but thousands of young California children will.
Incidentally, I'm having a hard time believing the new study which says 26% of all teenage girls have STD's...I wonder if that figure will hold up as accurate over the long run. If it's true, God help our society.
(Hat tip: Joanne Jacobs.)