Six-year-olds at an elementary school in Germany were given a lesson about the birds and the bees – without any cute metaphors. These first-graders sat through a sex ed class complete with explicit illustrations of naked men and women having sex. Parents are, understandably, very upset about the graphic drawings. (TheStir)
Personally I didn't learn the facts of life until I was 11. We lived in California at the time and when I returned to Ohio, I was the guy with the knowledge. None of my friends new how babies are made, but I did. So imagine me holding court on the playground spreading the word about what our various body parts are for.
This got me thinking maybe, just maybe, Germany is on the right track. If we taught our kids about the facts of life at a younger age would we have fewer "babies having babies" in this country?
I cannot prove a direct correlation between the age we learn about sex and the age we start having it but I can point to some interesting numbers. The United State's teen birth rates (in 2010) are at 37.9 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19...an all-time low for the U.S. and a nine percent drop from 2009. That number is more than four times higher than Germany and nine times higher than Switzerland.
A quick glance at these numbers does not take into account economic issues or social standards in these various countries. But on the surface it's grounds for more discussion. Maybe the sooner were learn our actions have serious consequences the more likely we are to be able to avoid being thrust into the adult world way too soon.