Sex Ed at Age 5? The UK Is Considering It

Sex education for the kindergarten set seems a little extreme, but that’s what the National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is strongly recommending to all schools and educators in Britain. While not mandatory, the agency says that sexual education classes should begin in primary school, which begins at the age of five.

The hope is that this new tactic will help children understand their own physical and emotional development, and ultimately lower the country's rate of teenage pregnancy, which is seen as a direct result of the lack of sex education.  The birds and the bees won't be covered on day one; instead, the plan is to start by addressing topics such as the values of friendship and respect. NICE specifies that, “Topics should be introduced and covered in a way that is appropriate to the maturity of pupils and is based on an understanding of their needs and is sensitive to diverse cultural, faith and family perspectives."

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