I’m currently in teachers college and studying to be a primary/junior school teacher. It is something I take seriously and I don’t want to teach children anything contrary to our faith.
I am taking the religion education class and today we started the Family Life unit. (I live in Canada and there’s a unified curriculum in my province about this). According to this curriculum, children should be taught in accordance with Church doctrines (regarding homosexuality, contraception, abortion, etc). One thing I noticed is that in this curriculum they are introduced to learning about intercourse in grade 4. Also they are introduced to anatomy and (rather graphic?) terminology. Apparently there was/is some debate about this… and not all parents are happy with this part of it, although most don’t see a problem. Family Life curriculum has been approved by the Bishops.
Here is what I am wondering… would you say it is proper to teach children such detailed information about sex at a young age? the rationale behind this is to teach them the right information, before they learn the wrong things from their peers or the media. I certainly think that’s a good point, and in fact this helps to protect children in a way. However in another way, I feel sort of uncomfortable with it all… is so much knowledge about sexuality at a young age a way to encourage chastity?
I’'m interested in your thoughts… I just feel there’s a big responsibility on teachers to teach the right things and someday I would have to answer to God for how I taught children. I want to be a positive influence in their lives and encourage them in faith. Do you think that teaching children all this information at a young age would harm their purity? (I’m not saying they would start sinning, rather would it harm the purity and innocence of their hearts at that point.)