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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 14, 1911, Image 2

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and with a proper purpose, would have enabled children to avoid the
trap.
It isn't a'boy's-fault, or a girl's fault if.theyiall because of ignor
ance it is the parents' fault
No father can deceive jiimself by imagining that his boy is so
different from dther boys that he wont find out the mystery of life
until the father tells him.
No mother should fool herself into( the- belief that her daughter
can grow to womaihood, and not know what womanhood is until
told by the mother.
All of us know that it isn't that way. We want OUR children to
be pure and innocent, of course. We would like it if they could
always remain so.
BUT WE SHOULDN'T WANT THEM TO REMAIN
IGNORANT.
They can remain pure and innocent without remaining ignorant;
and PURITY AND INNOCENCE CAN .BE BETTER PRO
TECTED AGAINST TEMPTATION BY INTELLIGENCE
THAN BY IGNORANCE.
The growing sentiment in favor of teaching sex hygiene, grows
out of this very belief. It is intended to add to the protection of,
parental love, that surest of all protection self protection.
Parents will find much to interest them in. the following dis
cussion of this subject in the report of the Chicago Vice Commission; -"SEX
EDUCATION Many of the immoral influences and
dangers which are constantly surrounding your children on the
street, in their amusements, and in business life, may be counteracted
and minimized by proper moral teaching arid scientific instruction.
Educators have come to feel something should be done directly by
teachers in schools and elsewhere to impart some kind of instruction
to counteract the evil knowledge which children acquire from evil
sources.
"The commission believes that in the case of children beyond the
age of puberty, sex hygiene may "be taught in schools under carefully
trained and scientifically instructed teachers. For younger children
the parents should do the teaching as the part of a sacred duty. In
the case of the father being unwilling to do so, let the family phy
sician be asked to teach the son.
"The mother, with her maternal instinct, will find the way and
means to warn the daughter of the dangers which may beset her,
Jn colleges and universities sex hygiene should be universally taught
The Commission feels that the teaching of sex hygiene in schools
is an important movement which, -while npt yet past the experi
mental stage, promises great advances .hi the promotion of child
protection for, the- future. But itdsicetain that .KNOWLEDGE OE
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