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August 31, 1912

Some Cautions Concerning Sex Instruction for Children

JAMA. 1912;LIX(9):736-737. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080418019

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To the Editor:  —In the matter of sex instruction the results of experience ought to be carefully gathered. If what is called "experimental pedagogy" is essential in any field of education, it is most emphatically so in this. The mentality of the child is so very complicated that it is quite impossible to foresee what will result from change in methods of bringing up relative to sex.Information came to me the other day from a reliable source, relative to the effect of a change of policy from the old explanation of "the doctor and the stork" to the scientific statement that the baby grows in the body of the mother, and is born, after fully grown, from its mother. A group of intelligent parents decided that they would tell no lies about the new babies, but would explain human generation somewhat fully in reply to questions by their wondering

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