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Gazette Weekly News Magazine (Newspaper) - November 8, 1978, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Inside Redford politics See page 2 Kurttr W news BULK RATE Postage Permit Cedar VOLUME NUMBER 52 CEDAR IOWA NOVEMBER 1978 Cedar Rapids school officials say they are comfortable with the Family Life education views being presented to the Fifth grade girls in Taylor Schools Family Life class clockwise from lower Maria daughter of and Jose 350 Rockford Road SW Maxine daughter of and Joseph 1100 K SW Lynette daughter of and Jack 1214 22nd SW Danette daughter of Phyllis 423 Fourth SW Donna daughter of Opal 600 Second SW Teresa daughter of and Max 617 First SW and Lisa daughter of and Harry 931 Fourth Fifth grade boys at Taylor as well as all children from kindergar ten through eighth grade in the Cedar Rapids Community School study Family Some of the students from clockwise under the group Kelly son of 517 Ninth SW Tim son of Diane 719 Ninth SW Ted son of and Don ald 515 Seventh SW Scott son of and Ralph 3608 Blairs Ferry Road NE Lee son of and Har pld 1423 N SW and Steven son of and Gerald 719 Eighth SW Gazette photos and montage by Tom Merryman Sex education A long way in 10 years Bv Wnllnna By Christie Wallace Gazette education writer How old were you when you first realized babies werent brought to Mommy and Daddy by a longleg bigbilled stork Or were your younger brothers and sisters mysteriously found in a cabbage patch Life certainly must seem a mystery to the 6yearold who first watches mother grow round and later sees her return a little leaner and one child happier from a trip to that cabbage But lifes origin and development shouldnt be such a shrouded and mysterious And for students in the Cedar Rapids Community it wont It was only 10 years ago that the districts proposal for a sex education program faced the controversial heat of community to the point of attracting national sex called Family Life Educa is a subject that apparently has been accepted and is taught systematically to all children in kinder garten through eighth Ninthgrade participation is Every school library has copies of the Family Life Education materials for parents to And a Family Life Community Advisory Committee includ ing a representative from each of the districts schools must approve all materials used in the The program in no way pretends to usurp the parents said Sheila elementary coor dinator of Family she it is intended to be supportive in helping them rear their children mentally and In kindergarten through third there is no pre scribed guide for Family Life Its objectives how a human body understanding one another and good health practices are incorporated into other By fourth the more sophisticated and detailed Family Life program is One of those early fourth grade Physical Growth and Development units sets out to identify reproduc tion as a necessary characteristic of all living In coed classes that precede a Personal Hygiene les son for which the girls and boys are material comes from these booklets Living From reading and the children should understand that although all living things are a necessary characteristic is that all living things must Through this students should be able to relate that they are one of Earths living Children should understand and be able to relate the various functions of their states the fourth grade teachers An abundance of giggling indicates nervousness these feelings should be dis cussed with the How New Life This lesson deals with reproduction in living The student should be able to discuss and name the following terms living uterus and By the time the 9and 10yearolds get to the Per sonal Hygiene its time to separate the girls for a lesson on changes their bodies already are or are about to The Disney The Story of Menstrua tion is among instructional materials used in the which points out how individuals of the same age grow and develop The boys dont have any districtwide lesson inten ded especially for them in this year and later get back together with the girls for a personal hygiene class that covers the necessity of good Still later in the fifth girls and boys are once again separated to view the film Theres a New You Coming for Girls and Theres a New You Coming for After we have this Ill be talking about the nor mal functions of the said Dorothy nurse at Taylor to a group of fifthgrade girls during a recent As you all boys and girls are she said as a giggle squeaked out here and there in the they can warned one girl in the nowdarkened pointing toward the light coming from a doorway in the wall separating the girls and boys The nurse assured her class the boys were busy with their lesson and would be too occupied to listen to what the girls were With the first ping of the hands jokingly clapped over One girl nudged a friend next to her and received a giggly The eyes of others roamed the room looking for something to catch their But the majority of the girls sat Being capable of producing children is not the same as being ready to have the filmstrips narra tor pointed Childbearing is a responsibility and a the students were On the other side of the thin the boys were learning scientific terms for the parts of their they received the Boys Have You Wondered What Happens When Girls Grow Up The approach and attitude are far different than those of 10 years Fifield
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