To the editor:
I recently stated it is inappropriate to present young children information about anatomy and sexual development in public classrooms. Children are publicly embarrassed by this. We silence children as they develop a tendency to not ask questions when this information is fed to them in public classrooms.
There is a positive solution. Parents frequently are perceived as “not intelligent” by young people, especially during their teenage years, only later to find out that their parents were smarter than they thought when they were younger.
Public schools listened to teenagers, perhaps ignoring parents’ better judgment. It is only later that we’re finding out that parents may have been correct about their children from the start. Parents don’t need public classrooms presenting information about anatomy and sexual development to their young children.
It seems parents have been perceived as not capable of handling this sensitive information with their children. Schools balked on a golden opportunity to involve parents in their children’s education. Involving parents would be the natural solution.
It has been a lament that parents are not involved in their children’s education. If schools (and now social welfare agencies) were concerned that parents become more involved in the lives of their children, we’ve missed a golden opportunity. Instead of presenting this sensitive information to a classroom of young children, perhaps parents would meet for helpful advice on talking with their children about sexual development.
Next thing you’re going to tell me is that parents would never meet together in a public room to talk about sexual development and such sensitive information.