The introduction of an explicit education textbook at primary schools in Beijing has stirred heated debate among parents and educators. Some have argued that primary school students are too young to be exposed to direct descriptions of sexual intercourse. While others have applauded the move as a brave step towards better education for youth that will reduce improper sexual behavior and curb sexual abuse. [Poll]
What should we tell our children about sex? Is sex education the sole province of parents or a joint program with teachers?
China.org.cn presents two opposing points of view.
Age of Learning
The introduction of a sex education textbook for Beijing's primary schools marks a constructive step towards better educating Chinese youth about a subject crucial to their health and wellbeing. More>>
Don't force 'facts of life' on children
The most fascinating characteristic of children is their innocence and naivety. Crushing this purity and simplicity by teaching them about sex effectively robs children of their childhood. They have their whole lives ahead of them to experiment, enjoy and even worry about issues related to sex. So why activate the precarious love-affair we have with sex earlier than we need to by introducing young children to sex education? More>>