JuLeah - posted on 11/09/2011 ( 38 moms have responded )
My child is now in the 4th grade. I have looked over the curriculum and don't actually hate it.
I recall when I was that age; the school was not allowed to show us pictures of a penis, even a drawing. That was called porn, so instead they showed a male in profile with his penis cut off.
I still remember the looks on the faces of many of the boys.
So, things are better :)
They will talk about reproduction, sex, and sexuality as separate issues.
Safety with strangers, with unwanted touching, with setting limits.
They talk about families as - one parent or two, foster kids or adopted, two moms or two dads, kids living with grandparents ....
The LBGTQA community will be an open and on-going topic
There is no shame - which was a big big feature in the curriculum I learned
I ought to be overjoyed, right?
But, still .... they talk about rape, molestation, unwanted touching in terms of sexual abuse and this just bugs the spit out of me
I don't want my child to hear this terminology
Sex is fun - ought to be fun anyway and if it is not, something is not right .... rape is not sex. Molestation is not sex. Unwanted touching is not sex.
Abuse is abuse - rape and molestation and unwanted touching is about power and control, it is about fear and pain ....
I think we are behind the eight ball in dealing with these crimes unless we can all get on the same page about the nature of these crimes.
They are crimes that have nothing, not a thing, to do with sex, or pleasure, or attraction or desire .... We can't keep our kids safe if we don't understand that.
How do you all approach this with your kids? What will your schools teach?