I don’t remember a lot of the things I learned when I was in kindergarten, but one thing I definitely didn’t learn is this: how pubic hair looks on the adult male genitalia. But you know which kindergarteners will learn that lesson? The students at the Yaolan School in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou.
Yup, the students there get to be schooled in sex education (something else I wasn’t taught in kindergarten) through the use of these anatomically correct dolls:
Not surprisingly, some parents have criticized this controversial lesson plan, but Chinese officials are still trying out this experimental sex education program in a number of schools to students as young as six.
Why? Because China has one of the highest abortion rates in the world and as a 2009 Associated Press survey of young Chinese adults found, they have “very limited” knowledge of sexual reproduction while being more open to premarital sex:
The survey found 22 percent had had sex before; of those, more than 50 percent used no contraception during their first sexual encounter. A 2009 survey of American high schoolers by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found 46 percent of students had had sex and 85 percent used contraceptives during their most recent sexual activity.
Obviously, sex education is something that needs to be better implemented in China (as it does here in the U.S. too), but is this the right way to do it? Not being a parent and knowing nothing about kids that age except they poop and eat a lot, I’m probably not the best person to answer that. But I do know this—I bet those kids are going to have some interesting dreams during naptime.