- - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A couple of weeks ago my elementary-school age son came home with a permission slip, or an opt out slip as it were. The school would be putting the kids in a “Puberty Class” and explaining to them the changes they will experience in their body and in their feelings.

As a parent, I feel it’s my job to explain the birds and the bees to my son, rather than entrusting that duty to a total stranger. So we opted out. This led to an interesting discussion with other neighborhood parents.

As if to make my point, this past week the director of a small private school in Minneapolis took middle school and high school students to an adult toy shop as part of a sex education lesson. Parents said they only learned of the trip after the fact.

The director the school, Starri Hedges, also teaches the school’s sex education class. She said the trip to Smitten Kitten was to provide a safe environment for students to learn about sexual behavior.

“What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear,” she said. The school director apparently thinks minimum wage workers at a porn store talking with 14-year-olds about sex and showing off sex toys is “beautiful.”

In most states, if you were to take minors into a porn shop you’d be arrested. But not in Minnesota.

I feel bad for the Minnesota families, but Starri Hedges has made my point.

Mom and Dad, while it may be awkward, better for you to have the birds and bees talk than turn it over to strangers at school — or at the Smitten Kitten.

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