The Doctors: TMI Tuesday
TMI Tuesday returned with an all-new episode of The Doctors. Brace yourselves, readers, because some truly embarrassing topics were addressed! In fact, viewers were so embarrassed that several of them hid behind silhouettes! But first, The Doctors discussed a recent development in health education for children.
The Drs: Reproductive Health In Kindergarten
How would you feel if your child learned reproductive health in kindergarten? The Doctors spoke with Dr. Stephanie Whyte, Chief Health Officer of Chicago Public Schools, who explained how reproductive health can be taught to children as young as five.
Dr. Whyte said that new health guidelines will cover medically accurate, age-appropriate material in ways that young children will be able to understand. Topics will include reproduction, feelings, family structure, bullying, “good touch vs. bad touch” and personal safety. Parents will have access to the learning materials and will view them before they are taught in the classroom.
While reproductive health for kindergarteners does sound controversial, there’s no denying that health education is important, and Dr. Whyte made some excellent points. Chicago has some of the highest rates of STDs in the nation, and these statistics don’t just apply to adults, but also high schoolers. While these topics are often reserved for discussion within the home, parents oftentimes need the help of medical professionals.
Dr. Lisa Masterson pointed out that in European countries comparable to the U.S., there are similar programs for children and the rates of teen pregnancy are much lower. Still, the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world. Obviously, we’re failing at health education in a lot of ways, so maybe it’s time we re-think the system. See The Doctors’ conversation with Dr. Stephanie Whyte in the video below.