A Beijing newspaper is reporting that schools in China may adopt a new text book that teaches sex education. The book will utilize graphic illustrations and concepts, described by some as being too graphic, to teach the controversial subject. The catch; the lesson may be taught to students as young as 6 years old.
At issue is the subject of teen pregnancy. The full court press on early education is designed to further curtail the rate at which teens become future parents.
Nationally, there are 41.5 births for every 1,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 19, according to the Center for Disease Control. (http://www.cdc.gov/) But when you break out that data by race, it tells a more alarming story. Amongst white teens, the number is roughly 27 births per 1,000; black teens 64; and an astounding 81 per births per 1,000 for Latino’s.
Chicago has long since been on the leading edge of the sex education debate. In 2007, then (presidential) candidate Barack Obama told an Illinois Planned Parenthood audience that sex education for kindergartner’s was the “right thing to do,” so long as it (the material) was age appropriate. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2007/07/sex-ed-for-kind/ )
In May, the Illinois state Senate passed a measure that would require schools seeking to teach sex education to teach contraceptive use; as well as abstinence. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-25/news/ct-met-illinois-legislature-20110525_1_public-pension-pension-benefits-latino-voting-age)=
Chicago Christians do not disagree on the need for education; but worried that the age of 6 may be too soon to begin. Dr. David Roth, CEO of Christian Heritage Academy (http://christianheritage.org/ ), noted that children are getting information from peers, and not from educators and other correct sources. He also stated that creative partnerships need to be formed between parents, educators and churches to properly educate young people.
Chicago Christians also pointed to the 9th hour (around 3:00 PM) as still an issue in the lives of men. It was the 9th hour when Jesus hung on the cross and gave up the ghost, feeling forsaken by His Father. (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27%3A45-50&version=KJV ) It is the same 9th hour when school typically lets out, and our children are sometimes unsupervised, and find their way into trouble. The same darkness that blanketed the earth during the crucifixion; still serves as a dark cloud over the lives of our young men and women, who are engaging in activity that has lifelong implications.
What is the right age to educate children about sex?
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