The pros and cons of same-sex relationship awareness in grade school
Children are taught basic sex education in school, usually in about 5th grade. This is a good thing as it makes them aware of the physical parts of their bodies, how they work, the awareness of how “boys” versus “girls” bodies are formed and function. Children need this instruction to take a bit of the mystery out of physical relationships. It helps them to understand some major differences, consequences of certain actions and sometimes keeps them safer from predators that seem to abound in our present-day society.
What is not taught, and cannot be taught, is the mental aspect of physically loving another person. Most children are not ready emotionally to begin to understand the complexities of mixing physical and emotional attractions.
Teaching children the “basics” in sexual education should not bring into account the variances of the physical acts available to the human body. It is difficult enough to get some of them to understand the main differences and how things work. Same sex relationships should not be a subject taught in public schools. Awareness of same-sex relationships can be presented as two people of the same sex caring a great deal about each other. There need be no actual “teaching” of how those two people may decide to express their caring.
This is not to imply that children should be kept in the dark about any relationship. Questions will come up and honest answers should be forthcoming when they do. The ideas of sexual awareness and sex education is important to our youth’s mental well being in a world that travels much faster than the one most of us saw as children. It should not be our goal to expound, in depth, on the various relationships, sexual or otherwise, that our children might meet up with. Our goal should be to teach the basic facts of the human body, the emotions of a teenager and young person and how they might affect wanting to experience things sooner than they should, and make ourselves available and open to any and all questions that may come up over the next years.
Grade school is a place for learning basic educational backgrounds like Arithmetic, English, Reading, Science and History. Grade school health classes are important to teach our young to eat right, take care of their bodies properly and, yes, how our bodies are put together. There will be plenty of time for our grade-schoolers to learn social tendencies as they get older.
Young children in grade school will have their whole lives ahead of them to decide how they wish to live their social lives. Most are not mentally or emotionally ready to understand the complicated differences between social atmospheres. Pushing awareness of same-sex relationships, at this age, would invariably cause more confusion in our grade-schoolers. Relationships, and questions concerning them, are best left for parents to discuss with their children. Parents will be able to tell the emotional maturity of their child and how much he/she is ready to learn or hear. They will be able to see the curiosity of their children and offer more information as time warrants. Let’s let our children mature, physically and emotionally, at a rate they can acclimate themselves to, and not push them into growing up quicker than they are able because of our own preferences or ideas about ANY subject. They will be better adults for it and better able to cope with their own feelings and ideas as they get older.