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Old 10-24-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Ottawa, Canada
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in england they are teaching sex ed to 5 year old. kinda perverted i think. theres no reason to explain that to them at such a young age which will only cause problems. the example on bbc was of a small child (5yrs old) saying "women have boobs and boys dont" in which the teacher corrected by saying breasts.

can anyone else imagine whats next? that same kid on the news for poking another girl in that area and saying "you have boobs". they suspend him.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:40 PM
 
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I'm not an advocate for teaching sex to 5 year olds. However, you don't want children to be embarassed about their body. Children should call body parts by the correct names. So, the teacher was correct.
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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Yes. children are being pushed too hard. I am really distressed over year 'round school years. When do they have time to learn what it is to be human or think about what they have learned and how it fits into their lives? Kids need time off, too.
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Old 10-25-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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Year round school kids do get time off. They just don't get a two month chunk off.

Year Round Education - attending school year round
"Generally, it means that schools will continue to operate on a 180 day system, yet they will spread these days out differently with shorter breaks between each term. The most popular example of year round education is the 45-15 plan. This has students attending school 45 days and then getting three weeks (15 days) off."
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I was taught pre-algebra and geometry in the six grade. The geometry and basic algebra techniques began in the fifth grade at my school. There were even a few kids who were taken aside during math hour to do full blown high-school level algebra.

Geometry, in and of itself, is pretty basic math. Nothing really surprising about teaching it to elementary school children. I would be worried if they weren't taught it. Now, it would be completely different if they were being taught trig, or even worse, analytical geometry. But hey, that would be very impressive, though.


Other then that I think that kids are coming of age a bit faster these days. I see too many 12, 13, 14 year old girls walking around dressed like hoochie mommas and boys around that same age who think that they are some kind of mac daddy. I blame the parents, though. These kids are not being taught to respect themselves or others, which sadly seems to be a mannerism that is quickly going the way of the dodo (and yes, I do understand that there young kids who dress like hoods but are in fact really well behaved and quite respectable)
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Year round school kids do get time off. They just don't get a two month chunk off.

Year Round Education - attending school year round
"Generally, it means that schools will continue to operate on a 180 day system, yet they will spread these days out differently with shorter breaks between each term. The most popular example of year round education is the 45-15 plan. This has students attending school 45 days and then getting three weeks (15 days) off."
Douglas County, Colorado has had yr round elementary schools for years. Everyone gets 6 wks off in the summer, long enough for kids to get a decent break, get bored, and want to go back to school. There are various tracks, some get a little longer off in summer. The middle and high schools are on regular 9 month schedules. Most parents like it.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:22 PM
 
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I think so.Its just the world howe days and all the influences o TV and movies. +Heck;most of them really missout on being being a 12-15 year old. The atmoshere at many7 schools is n ot very good these days either.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:29 PM
 
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not at all. especially in rich communities kids are driving merecedez and bmws when they havent even worked for it and are failing in high school as well as using their allowance on drugs like marijuana and oxycontin.
i unfortunately was raised by a single mother who hardly fed me thus i had to grow up very early and start taking care of myself.
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Old 10-26-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I teach in the south Bronx--NYC's most notorious slum. It's amazing the language my 1st graders know. They know things I didn't know until I was about 14 years old, and that wasn't all that long ago since I'm 24.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:45 PM
 
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not at all. especially in rich communities kids are driving merecedez and bmws when they havent even worked for it and are failing in high school as well as using their allowance on drugs like marijuana and oxycontin.
i unfortunately was raised by a single mother who hardly fed me thus i had to grow up very early and start taking care of myself.
haha- my mother took me to the bank to open a savings account when I was 6 and said "when you are 16 you are going to want a car and I am not getting you one. Start saving now."

I ended up not getting the car and walking everywhere instead...
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