Should sex education start in kindergarten?

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  • Chicago Public Schools approve new sex education program
  • Program also includes discussion on sexual orientation
  • What do you think about the new program?
Should sex education start in kindergarten?

While most students across the country awkwardly look forward to the sex talk in fifth grade, students in Chicago public schools will start learning about sex at age five.

The new program, approved by the school board Wednesday, offers three different levels of sex education. The first is for kindergarten through third grade. Students will now learn about "their anatomy, all living things that reproduce, and inappropriate touching,” according to a local Chicago affiliate.  In fourth grade, students would learn about puberty and HIV/AIDS. After that, all students will learn about “human reproduction, contraception and abstinence.”

For the first time, schools will also discuss sexual orientation and bullying. This is all in line with the “National Sexuality Education Standards” put forth by four health organizations. Click here to read them. 

Parents can opt out of having their kids learn about sex in school. 

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