Alan Keyes attacked him for it back in 2004, but Barack Obama stressed again at a Planned Parenthood event that "it's the right thing" to provide "age-appropriate sex education, science-based sex education in the schools." So what does age-appropriate sex ed mean for kindergartners?
When Obama's campaign was asked by ABC News to explain what kind of sex education Obama considers "age appropriate" for kindergarteners, the Obama campaign pointed to an Oct. 6, 2004 story from the Daily Herald in which Obama had "moved to clarify" in his Senate campaign that he "does not support teaching explicit sex education to children in kindergarten. . . The legislation in question was a state Senate measure last year that aimed to update Illinois' sex education standards with 'medically accurate' information . . . 'Nobody's suggesting that kindergartners are going to be getting information about sex in the way that we think about it,' Obama said. 'If they ask a teacher 'where do babies come from,' that providing information that the fact is that it's not a stork is probably not an unhealthy thing. Although again, that's going to be determined on a case by case basis by local communities and local school boards.'"
I'd say at least there was an opt-out provision for parents, but I can't imagine at the age of 5 being told that the stork is not the real bearer of babies, or anyone at school even broaching the subject of sex! I realize Obama isn't necessarily advocating for full sex ed to little children, but even bringing up the topic seems a little uncalled for--and in what terms do you explain it to kids?