My daughter is in second grade. This story scares the heck out of me and is one of the main reasons why I would never send my children to public school.

In a deabte this week the top-tier Democratic candidates Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois and John Edwards refused to reject including the same-sex marriage as part of a second-grade curriculum.

Here’s how the debate went:

Moderator ALLISON KING: “The issues surrounding gay rights have been hotly debated here in New England. For example, last year some parents of second graders in Lexington, Massachusetts, were outraged to learn their children’s teacher had read a story about same-sex marriage, about a prince who marries another prince. Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, but most of you oppose it. Would you be comfortable having this story read to your children as part of their school curriculum? I’m going to start with Senator Edwards.”

Former Senator John Edwards: “Yes, absolutely. What I want is I want my children to understand everything about the difficulties that gay and lesbian couples are faced with every day, the discrimination that they’re faced with every single day of their lives. And I suspect my two younger children – Emma Claire, who’s nine, and Jack, who’s seven — will reach the same conclusion that my daughter, Cate, who’s 25, has reached, which is she doesn’t understand why her dad is not in favor of same-sex marriage, and she says her generation will be the generation that brings about the great change in America on that issue. So I don’t want to make that decision on behalf of my children. I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information, even in – did you say second grade? Second grade might be a little tough, but even in second grade to be exposed to all -”
KING: “Well, that’s the point is second grade.”
EDWARDS: “- to all of those possibilities because I don’t want to impose my view. Nobody made me God. I don’t get to decide on behalf of my family or my children, as my wife, Elizabeth, who’s spoken her own mind on this issue. I don’t get to impose on them what it is that I believe is right…”

WHAT!? Actually you’re supposed to decide on behalf of your children what they are exposed to? It doesn’t make you God. It makes you a father.

Senator Obama (D-IL): “You know, I feel very similar to John that – you know, the fact is, my 9-year-old and my 6-year-old’s – I think, are already aware that there are same-sex couples. And my wife and I have talked about it. And one of the things I want to communicate to my children is not to be afraid of people who are different, and because there have been times in our history where I was considered different, or Bill Richardson was considered different. And one of the things I think the next president has to do is to stop fanning people’s fears….”

Just so you know Sen. Obama I consider you different right now. Different from sane! We’re talking about a second grade sex ed curriculum. Now Sen. Clinton comes in with her perfect political non-answer answer that goes on for thirty seconds but says absolutely nothing.

Senator Clinton (D-NY): “Well, I – I really respect what both John and Barack said. I think that we’ve seen differences used for divisive purposes, for political purposes in the last several elections, and I think every one of us on this stage are really personally opposed to that and will do everything we can to prevent it. With respect to your individual children, that is such a matter of parental discretion. I think that obviously it is better to try to work with your children, to help your children the many differences that are in the world and to really respect other people and the choices that other people make, and that goes far beyond sexual orientation.”

That said absolutely nothing.

This is the kind of issue that would’ve been laughed at just a generation ago. And now our presidential candidates can’t even summon a raised eyebrow.

Don’t we relish childhood anymore? Isn’t there something to be preserved in children for at least a little while? It’s funny I see parents all around me acting like children. Oddly enough those parents seem in a hurry to make their children act like adults.