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The Birds and the Bees are alive and well for Ecuadorean Second Graders!

Manuel brought his daughter and son over yesterday.  I had requested a look at her second grade "social studies" text, and was fairly surprised at the depth of the subject of sex education. 

It is refreshing to see that subjects that deal with the normal part of living are so widely discussed and available to young minds.

Here they are posing in the living room...Karly, was six years old when she completed the following work:

 

The schools teach the kids to celebrate the diversity of their citizens, and to understand that differences in skin color, customs, living arrangements, and origins are natural and positive...

 A respect for the environment is a theme that runs through all of the teaching...

 

 Here are more pages stressing good citizenship, conservation of the environment, and good personal habits...       

 

 

  

 

 

 

The following pages discuss the human body and some reproduction...

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I don't quite remember when I learned about what goes on in Fallopian Tubes, but you can be assured that all I was learning in my second grade class was the 3 R's and some other boring stuff...

 Now, remember that the little girl pictured in the first shot, was only six years old, and in the second grade, when she first learned where babies come from...she is now a mature third grader...

Probably the most serious problem facing Ecuador now is the 50% underemployment of the adult population.  There are just two many potential workers and two few jobs.  Many locals call this the "cycle of poverty".  To put it another way, there are just too many babies being born to impoverished families, who will never have any hope of a better life...

Two forces seem to limit birth control as an option--the Church, and machismo!

Condoms are available right at our checkout stand--not like at Wal-Mart, where they are hidden around the corner of the Pharmacy, next to the foot powder...

 

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an answer to the "cycle of poverty" dilemma. 

I will say this...the people of Ecuador are a gentle people who help one another and are not quick to judge a person by his origin or color of his skin...and that is goooooood!

Posted on Wed, June 30, 2010 at 08:52AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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