My sister had a bad week. Her five year old son learned “suck my penis” from somewhere and spent Tuesday afternoon telling his teacher to suck his penis every time she asked him to do something. If you knew my sister you would understand just how mortifying this was for her. (And how entertaining it was for me. I can’t count the number of times she said “this is * not * funny, stop laughing” to me) This has nothing to do with my question. It just cracked me up.
Her eight year old daughter came home on Wednesday with some news. They would be learning human reproduction in health class. The conversation was told to me like this,
Niece: Mom, I have a piece of paper that has the words penis and vagina on them.
Sis: Umm, okay, where?
Niece: In my backpack.
Sis: Can I see it?
Niece: Okay. Are you going to be okay though? It has some sex words on it. Will you be alright?
Sis: I think I can handle it.
Niece gets Sis the paper and it is from the school explaining they will be teaching sex-ed to all the grade three classes.
Niece: Mom, did you know that a man has to put his penis in a woman’s vagina to make a baby.
Sis: Honey. I need to tell you that if you are old enough to learn about this in health you need to understand that your brother and sister are NOT old enough to learn it yet. Do you understand that?
Niece: Yes. Mom, I’m even sorry I had to tell you about it. pats my sister’s hand like she is telling my sister some deep dark secret that my sister had no idea about and may be shocked by
Niece: I saw a baby being born in a movie today.
Sis: Really? Being born? Like how?
Niece: It was gross. It came out of the lady’s vagina. It was all yucky. I covered my eyes. I’m glad I don’t need to worry about that.
Sis: What do you mean?
Niece: I’m just a kid. I don’t need to worry about babies and stuff for 25 years!
Sis: Ha, glad to hear it.
Personally I think grade 3 is a wee bit young to learn about intercourse. If anything why not start with puberty and the changes to their bodies and that kind of thing. Why jump right into sex? Why sex-ed at all at this age?
So is grade three the norm for teaching human reproduction in class now? How old were your kids when they were taught sex-ed in school? How old were you? Are eight-year-olds mature enough to learn this kind of thing?
My sister is dreading the questions that are sure to be forthcoming. I’ve had a crap week and am looking forward to the laughs at her expense.