Originally Posted by ReesesPBC
While I agree that kids that age should know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching, it should be taught by the parents, not by teachers at that age.
Except that we already don't expect parents to A) monitor what their children watch on TV; B) teach their children basic manners; or C) choose age-/maturity-appropriate video games for their children. Instead, we expect our government and public interest groups to monitor these things for us, and to establish rating systems and codes of conduct to spare us from having to think about these (apparently unimportant) details. So, if we therefore have to rely upon our government, school boards and public interest groups to take care of these things for us, logically we should also have to rely upon these groups to ensure our children -- regardless of age -- are properly educated with regards to sex and their own bodies.
We can't have it both ways. I personally would prefer to be allowed to decide for myself what constitutes an appropriate movie or video game for my children to watch/play, and I would prefer to be allowed to decide when my children are ready to learn about sex education and the functioning of their own bodies. Since there are parents out there that are unwilling or unable to do these things themselves -- due to discomfort, lack of education on their own part, or just plain laziness, I don't know -- we have to allow these groups to make these decisions for us as a whole. We should
be making these decisions for ourselves, for our own children, rather than permitting social groups and governments to decide on our behalf, but gosh, some folks just find it so darned hard.
(And other folks, meanwhile, find it so darned easy
to make these decisions for everybody else. Because, of course, governments and special interest groups are always