Last night my kid told me that they had their lesson about human sexuality in school (I knew it was going to happen - got the notice - wanted to write back "be warned: my kid could probably teach this class") and she was really upset...but not for reasons you might think.
Her: Mom! I was only 1 of 2 girls who did not laugh! Every time the teacher said "breasts" or "testicles" the girls giggled! And I wanted to tell them THIS IS NOT FUNNY!!
Me: (giggling) Did the teacher tell them to be quiet?
Her: No. And that made me mad, too! When I grow up I'm going to be a teacher, specifically a 6th grade teacher, and when I teach this lesson I will tell them "no giggling, no laughing, just shut up."
Me: Um, that might not go over well.
Her: Well I'd tell them they need to be quiet during the show because, uh, sorry to say this, sexual organs...
Me: (giggling) ...don't be sorry - those are the right words...
Her: ...I know, it just feels weird coming out of my mouth...anyway, they need to be quiet because learning about sexual organs is serious stuff and should be treated with respect! It's not funny! They should grow up! What if they made girls who don't have breasts yet feel badly? They aren't in 5th grade anymore! Maybe it was funny in 5th grade because you are just learning about it but we're in 6th grade now and most of it was not new and there should not be giggling!
Me: (giggling) Can I put this on my blog?
Her: No. And stop giggling! You might as well be in 5th grade right now!
She told me later that I could but only if I said that you should tell your kids not to giggle when they are learning about human sexuality and the teacher says "breasts" or "testicles" because it is serious stuff.
A 33-year-old 5th grader.
Today the girls "cracked up" when the teacher said "sperm" - not cool, girls, not cool.
Also, just so you know, it's totally okay to crack up when you say "fallopian tubes" and you are in the car with your Mom and Gramma because "fallopian" is a funny word when you are not at school. It is a totally serious word when you are at school. Just so you know...there is a difference.
A 33-year old 5th grader who isn't sure what the rules are anymore.