5th Grade sex ed in Chicago Public Schools features tips to increase sexual pleasure

Parents whose kids attend a near West Side elementary school received a shock the other day when,on report card pickup day, they viewed the new sex education curricula for 5th graders.

I'm no blue nose, but this is incredible:

Parents at a Near West Side school say they are "shocked" and "horrified" after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate.

During report card pickup Wednesday at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, the school hosted several parent workshops, including an afternoon meeting on Chicago Public Schools' newest sex ed curriculum.

At one point, parents could view materials intended for students. A binder labeled as the curriculum for students in fifth grade touted the benefits of female condoms for extending sex and increasing pleasure and encouraged using lubrication.

The chairwoman of the Local School Council, Angela Bryant, called the way the information was to be presented to students "appalling" and not age-appropriate.

Bryant said she is in favor of health education that explains sex in an informative way, but said that the CPS handouts were composed "in a manner that actually is piquing curiosity about sexual pleasure."

In a statement Friday afternoon, CPS officials said that the objectional material presented at Jackson was a mistake.

"It is not and never was part of the student sexual education curriculum," CPS spokesman Bill McCaffrey wrote. "It was mistakenly downloaded and included in the parent presentation, and we agree with parents it is not appropriate for elementary school students."

But a slideshow posted on another school's website, the Waters Elementary School, includes all five of the objectionable slides in a Powerpoint presentation. According to the school's website, the slideshows contain lessons and handouts presented to students in April 2014.

Waters opted out of teaching contraception at the school in fifth grade, and the materials were presented to sixth grade classes, according to the school's website.

Dr. Stephanie Whyte, chief officer of student health and wellness at CPS, plans to schedule a meeting with Jackson's staff to review the curriculum by grade. A community meeting will also be planned, McCaffrey said.

The word is "prurient" and it's used to describe pornography. Incredibly, they didn't think the material appropriate for 11 year olds at Waters, but exposing 12 year olds to the information was just fine.

And claiming it was a "mistake" is transparently dishonest. They only said it was a mistake after an uproar ensued. We've seen this sort of thing before when school officials pull something like suspending a kid for wearing "objectionalble" clothing or acting in a radically politically correct manner.

There is no logic or reason for exposing kids that age to information better suited to high school health class - if then. It's a mindless adherence to the notion that there's no difference between kids and adults and that the sooner children are exposed to good sex practices, the better off they'll be.