A group of parents in Kansas is freaking out over a poster used in sex education classes that actually talks about sex. The poster is entitled “How Do People Express Their Sexual Feelings?” and it lists everything from cuddling to anal sex. Cue the inevitable wailing and gnashing of teeth.
When Mark Ellis first saw his daughter’s photo, he initially thought the poster was a prank. But after he contacted officials in the Shawnee Mission School District, he learned that it was part of an approved human sexuality curriculum — and he was extremely upset that the material had gotten approval in the first place.
“You know this had to pass through enough hands that someone should have said, ‘Wait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program,’ ” Ellis told a local Fox affiliate…
“It makes me wonder what our country has come to when kids get something like this thrown in front of them,” he said in an interview with Fox News on Friday. “I couldn’t believe something like that was going on in school.”
To parents everywhere: Education ALWAYS trumps ignorance. As a parent of a 12 year old, TRUST ME, nothing on this list is a surprise to the kids in question. Reacting out of “outrage” is a great way to a) teach kids they better never ask you about their sexual feelings or questions b) teach them that sex in general is wrong and or somehow taboo. FALSE. Sex in the right context is not only ‘not wrong’ it is healthy and good, even encouraged by most faiths (so forget all the “it’s sinful” stuff.) Kids WILL have to make decisions about their own sexuality. Equipping them with information so they can make choices about what is ok for them and their bodies and relationships is EMPOWERING, not contaminating them. Drop the hypocritical puritanical act, stop swooning at the mere mention of, *gasp*, sexuality, and teach your darn kids how to make informed, respectful, and HEALTHY decisions. And for the sake of everyone, stop acting like sex ed that dares to talk about sex is the devil’s work.