The Case for Innocence
11/22/2011 4:30:20 PM - Michael Medved
The Wall Street Journal
recently reported a growing consensus among child-rearing experts that parents should discuss sex “as soon as kids can talk”- an approach reflected in new curricula in New York that demand sex education as early as kindergarten.
Well-publicized cases of molestation may argue that children should be warned to report any inappropriate contact, but it’s hard to see serious gains for confusing children with irrelevant erotic and reproductive information long before the onset of puberty.
In the important book SAVING CHILDHOOD
, brilliant psychologist Dr. Diane Medved (my wife and co-author) makes the case for youthful innocence—giving children a world as uncomplicated, secure and predictable as possible, to facilitate growth and learning as part of the maturation process. Providing sexual information long before it’s needed can be an alarming distraction.