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Learning About Sex Before Learning to Spell?


That's what McCain/Palin would have you believe children in Illinois are doing these days in kindergarten, and they're blaming Obama. But in a way, that's how they do it in the Netherlands and the Netherlands has the third lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the world.

I say " a way..." because Dutch kindergarten children embark on a learning process, beginning with the basic building blocks of sex - relationships. They're not learning about sexually transmitted infections, for heaven's sake, not at that age. They learn about families both traditional and non-traditional. They explore how relationships might differ as well as looking at traits healthy relationships share. They compare and contrast their feelings for their parents, their siblings and their schoolmates. They learn about respect for their own bodies as well as the bodies of others. They learn about setting, enforcing and respecting boundaries.

As they move through their school career, the basic building blocks are built upon each year with age appropriate lessons. By the time they are in their mid-teens, they know how to use condoms and importantly, how to negotiate the use of condoms - a topic sorely lacking in most sex ed classes today.

And let me repeat: The Netherlands has the third lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the world, with only five teen pregnancies out of every 1000 girls.

Meanwhile, soon-to-be grandmother and Abstinence Only proponent Sarah Palin is the Republican candidate for Vice-President of the USA - the country that tops the global list with over 50 teenage girls out of every 1000 falling pregnant each year.

Hmm. The figures speak for themselves. The Netherlands, home of comprehensive sex/relationship education, from kindergarten on up, has the third lowest teen pregnancy rate in the world. The USA, home of Abstinence Only, has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world. The Dutch; 5/1000. The Americans; 50/1000

Wake up - and grow up - America. It's high time you stopped equating sex with smut and put it back in its proper context as part of being human.


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Comments on Ann Smith's blog entry "Learning About Sex Before Learning to Spell?"

Well done. We could wake up, if we wanted to, but many don't want to because it takes effort. We want things effortlessly. We don't want to work on homework with our children let alone start teaching them about relationship types when they're three. So much lethargy, litter, lovelessness.

We want everything handed to us and that just is not the way it happens. I want a president who did not have things handed to him. He made it and I believe he genuinely wants others to make it, too.


it really doesnt matter. The Dems have bigger problems. The media did not properly vet another Dem candidate and apparently this guy is a stone cold moron with ties to mobsters and Saddams old bagman(always follow the money when looking at dems). If he had chosen Hillary,Palin would not exist. Said but true. Had he chosen Hillary he would have had to hire food tasters and extra security but he would be President till she and Willy did him in.
What the Dems need to worry about is losing both houses with the Obama debacle. Dems are responsible for the Fannie disaster and many took bribes from Countrywide,Charly Rangle,the grifter who heads the Finance Comm has been caught not paying taxes in years,and Hillary needs Obama to lose so she can run in 2008.
This Dem ticket is worse than Algore or Lurch. I cant believe how dumb the Anti American party is. Tire inflation as an energy policy? Russian invasion not in Olympic spirit? China has better infrastructure than US? This Obama guy is a real nitwit. Never forget he has said the greatest influence in his life is the hatemongering racist Rev Wright.
Who could have ever dreamed up a candidate dumber than both W and Algore combined?
The most amazing thing is just three weeks ago I was sure W had destroyed the Republican party but thanks to Obama it might be the Dem party that implodes.
I love reminding Libs of "mission accomplished" when they complain about Lipstick,pigs,and muslim faith. Payback is a bitch.


Thank you for your comments.

I agree that parents share the responsibility with the education system when it comes to teaching children about sex and relationship.

Unfortunately, many parents are as in the dark as their children because the parents had the same lack of sex/relationship education when they were in school. Maybe if schools start teaching this stuff, in a generation or two attitudes will change and parents will take a more active role.


Jack, what doesn't really matter? The fact that the US has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world?

Your rant has nothing to do with the subject of the blog.


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