CHICAGO - The LaSalle II Magnet School in Wicker Park, like every other public school in Illinois, is beginning to teach kindergartners to recognize the ABCs as well as their private body parts. The new mandated program will be fully implemented by 2016, according to Illinois' new sex education law.
Not only will the LaSalle II 5 year olds be taught about their body parts, the systemwide curriculum will include instruction about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation, DNAinfo.com reports.
The program is to be "age-appropriate," and the sex education experts have determined that students in kindergarten through fourth grade will focus on anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships and personal safety. CPS said that "younger students in this group will focus on the family, feelings and appropriate and inappropriate touching."
Students in fourth grade will learn about puberty and the causes and transmission of AIDS infection.
Students in grades five through 12 will learn about human reproduction, transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. They'll also learn about contraception and abstinence.
More on how the LaSalle II parents responded to the news at a parent meeting this week HERE.