Sex Ed in Kindergarten Is the Right Idea

Kindergarteners participate in Read Across America Day. (Getty Images)
Kindergarteners participate in Read Across America Day. (Getty Images)

Ebony's Michael Arceneaux is all for little ones learning "the basics about anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships and personal safety."

My mama taught me about sex before I learned to write in cursive. She is a devout Christian, but she is also a registered nurse who helps take care of new mothers. That includes the numerous "babies having babies" lamented about throughout the 1990s. With work on the brain, she opted not to play coy about the subject of sex.

Not so miraculously, after the carefully kid-tailored explanation about sex I did not suddenly start waving my miniature "pee-pee" around trying to do the then-impossible: get someone pregnant. That's one reason why I'm not at all mad about the Chicago Board of Education passing a new policy that mandates a set amount of time be spent on sex education in every grade, starting with kindergarten students. In a statement, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of the Chicago Board of Education said, "It is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors and relationships."

Byrd-Bennett added: "By implementing a new sexual health education policy, we will be helping them to build a foundation of knowledge that can guide them not just in the preadolescent and adolescent years, but throughout their lives."


Read Michael Arceneaux's entire article at Ebony.

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Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter.

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