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Learning about Kama Sutra in Florida schools

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No, the kids aren't learning about lovemaking positions. But some students in Lee County's Gateway Charter are being taught the term Kama Sutra as vocabulary, as part of their AP studies about world culture.

The book is, after all, a piece of Indian literary history.

But the notion that their kids are being exposed to the book known for its erotic art has some parents upset, ABC-7 News reports.

"We want you to understand that while this is a college class, you are teaching it to 15-year-old-students," parent Kelly Driscoll told the news station.

The school's principal responds that so long as the topic might appear on an AP test, it stays in the curriculum.

It's a similar debate to the one we recently had about whether The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, with its explicit sex scenes, belongs in an IB high school classroom.

So have at it again. Does the fact that a teen signed up for a college-level course, with its more mature learning expectations, mean that student needs to be willing to be exposed to sex in whatever form it might appear, however graphic?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]

    

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