My 12-year-old announced last night I should not expect any grandchildren from her. Her science teacher's detailing of "pubic lice" turned her stomach.
It's that time of year again, when middle school kids learn about sex in their science classes. It's become an end-of-the-year ritual in our school district; my guess is that few parents will complain because school is almost over.
Still, in my layman's view of this, there's a fine line between discouraging kids from having sex to disgusting them with graphic details of sexually transmitted diseases and conditions, including pubic lice. I want my kids to learn all about these potential problems, but also want them to know about loving adult relationships with a single partner.
I'm sure the teachers emphasize this, and I thank them for enduring the immaturity of middle school kids as they try to engage them in this important topic. My daughter's teacher apparently had enough of their giggling: She made them put their heads down and be quiet to return some order to the room.