In Chicago, a city known for the nation’s highest murder rate, the Chicago Public Schools are considering a new proposal that would begin teaching sexual education in kindergarten.
MyFoxChicago.com reports that the district’s proposal follows “national sexuality education standards” and addresses sexual orientation and bullying for the first time.
The proposal has been met with mixed reaction from parents. Melissa Diebold, a parent with children in the district, told MyFoxChicago.com
“I just don’t think it’s appropriate. They have no concept of anything like that at that stage in life.”
According to a district news release, parents will be able to opt out of the program.
Chicago schools recently celebrated a five-year high for graduation rates. Now only 40% of the students fail to graduate.