District suspends sex ed for young students after complaints
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California school officials say they've ended a sex education program for elementary school students after parents complained the curriculum was too graphic, undermined religious values and promoted premature sexual interest.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that Oceanside Unified School District will replace the program with new material designed in collaboration with parents.
The newspaper says the sex ed curriculum was adopted last year to comply with a new law that requires schools to educate middle and high school students on how to prevent disease and pregnancies and foster healthy attitudes surrounding sexual growth. It permits districts to introduce that material in early grades, but doesn't mandate elementary school sex education.
School officials acknowledged the complexity of discussing sex in a manner suitable for younger kids.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/