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How Young Is Too Young to Learn Sex Ed In School?


New policy in Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Mayor Rahm Emanuel (2nd R) visits Chicago Public School children at Woodson Regional Library on September 10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The library is one of 78 public libraries in the city that are serving as 'safe havens' for students who are not in school because of the teachers strike. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff hit the picket lines this morning after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city on compensation, benefits and job security. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the United States. Credit: Getty Images

How young is "too young" for kids to be taught about "the birds and the bees?"

In Chicago, they think it should start in kindergarten.

Chicago Public Schools announced last month plans to start teaching sex education to students as young as 5 years old.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits with schoolchildren. (Getty Images)

CBS Chicago reported some parents are concerned about the addition of mandatory sex education being introduced to kindergarteners. The Chicago school system insists the new curriculum will be age-appropriate, teaching children the correct names for body parts as well the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.

The program isn't an entirely new idea to Illinois. In 2007, then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood that it was "the right thing to do to provide age-appropriate sex education" to young children.

Following the new policy from Chicago schools, the conservative Media Research Center surveyed people on the street about the right age to start teaching sex education to kids. A majority of the people surveyed on camera said they believe sex education should begin during the middle school years. More than one person called the plan "disgusting" and said the decision on when to talk to kids about sex is the responsibility of parents, not the government. Just a handful of people seemed to approve of the new program.

Where do you stand? What's the right age for schools to teach sex education? Participate in our Blaze poll below.

(H/T: Media Research Center)


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