I missed The Situation Room on Thursday, but apparently there was a funny exchange of dialogue between Jack and John about sex education for kindergarteners.
Hey, I didn’t know that either so this was news to me!!! No wonder they call CNN “The most trusted name in news”. I dug up the transcript from The Situation Room webpage:
JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: Sex education for kindergartners is the right thing to do — excuse me — as long as it is age appropriate so says Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama. The Illinois senator told Planned Parenthood that when it comes to sex education, there needs to be some support from the schools.
He said, quoting here, “you certainly should not have to be fighting each and every instance by providing accurate information outside of the classroom because inside the classroom, the only thing that that can be talked about is abstinence” — unquote.
Obama said he “honors and respects those who choose to delay having sex, but leaving teens who do have sex, which is nearly half of 15 to 19-year-olds in ignorance is potentially consigning them to illness, pregnancy, poverty and in some cases death”, another quote. But then again, teenagers are not kindergartners.Obama’s campaign told ABC News the senator does not support teaching explicit sex-ed to kindergarteners, but for example if a child asks a teacher, he should be able to tell them that babies don’t come from storks.
Of course, the next question is likely to be then where do they come from? And where do you go from there with a child of 5 or 6? Anyway, here’s the question. Senator Barack Obama says age-appropriate sex education for kindergarteners is the right thing to do. Is it? E- mail your thoughts to CaffertyFile@CNN.com or go to CNN.com/CaffertyFile. John?
KING: Babies don’t come from storks?
CAFFERTY: John, we don’t have time for this.
KING: Jack Cafferty, you are right about that. Thank you.