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‘Outnumbered’ Roundup: MO Parents Protest Graphic Sex-Ed Book

A middle school sex education book has some parents in Missouri outraged. The book called, “It’s Perfectly Normal,” is for kids 10 and up. It features cartoon illustrations of people involved in sexual acts.


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The American Library Association ranked it the most challenged book of 2005. A father with two children at Francis Howell School District has filed a formal complaint, but the book remains at the school’s library.

Today on Outnumbered, psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow agreed with the parents who believe the book is too graphic for children.

“I’m not sure why schools even have to teach sex-ed,” he argued, saying that kids should learn about the topic from their parents.

Kirsten Powers noted that some parents are absent from their kids’ lives, and questioned why a 10-year-old would need to learn about this. But Dr. Ablow maintained that schools should focus on effectively teaching the basics of reading and writing.

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