Sex education should not be mandatory in high schools. There are plenty of responsible websites teens can access to learn how to protect themselves that can be accessed on their own time (.org websites). There are also one on one counselors in high schools that are free to speak with teens about these matters in private.
Schools should be teaching teenagers about sex education because many teens are misinformed about what should be done and what shouldn't be. Many teen girls are becoming pregnant and majority of them could have been more knowledgable about the matter and it would have been prevented.
The high school is not solely in charge of the teenagers. As minors, the responsibility to teach the teens should be primarily on the parents or guardians that are raising them. School is the outlet to help them in education and prepare themselves professionally. Sex is a personal issue that should be talked about in private.
Though your argument is true, teenagers often feel uncomfortable talking with such personal matter with their parents. If schools are teaching students about sex teens may feel more compelled to feel at ease to talk to them rather than their parents; especially if the parent is unaware of their child being sexually active.
Having sex ed. in schools can prompt students to start sooner, however. Armed with the information schools give them teens may feel "ready" too soon and go into an adult relationship even though they are not adults. This is a risk because if preservatives fail they will be forced to grow up even faster and take on that added responsibility. Teens will feel it is okay to start early because their school is already discussing the matter.
The school will only be informing them of what infections and diseases one might get as well as the factors of becoming pregnant. If parents choose not to inform their child, schools should at least take initiative and let then know what can happen if they choose to have intercourse. By informing teens about what can happen if they choose not to wear a condom and if they do can impact their lives .
Some parents are not conformable with their children learning about sex from school. Many religions prohibit premarital sex and condom use. Even though it is a preventive measure parents may feel as if the seed has been planted and that their teens are too aware of sex then they should otherwise be.
Then children should take the sex education class if they choose to. And the class will consist of many things, not just how and when to use a condom. It will teach them important information that many teens don't know about sex. And this could benefit whenever they feel they are ready.
The original argument was not to have the class as a choice. The original argument was to include it in schools as a requirement. However the requirement neglects that parents may not want their children to be exposed to such an adult concept until they as parents want to educate their children in the way they choose. Whichever way, the school is not in charge of the teens personal life, involvement is from the parents behalf.
Schools should have the class and give students the opportunity to take it or not. Regardless if they do take it, the child should be informed of becoming educated on the matter of sexual inter course. Simply giving them the knowledge of becoming pregnant, getting a possible STD or STI, and informing them on how to be safe should be at least helpful to one teen. The class itself is not promoting to have sex, but to give teenagers and insight of the subject and how to be safe.
Reasons for voting decision: It boggles my mind, but Pro definitely lost this debate. Up until R4, I was leaning towards voting Pro. Con only started presenting actual harms of forcing kids to go through this in R3, and they were only slightly persuasive. But in R4, Pro changes her argument to supporting the choice of taking the course. If you look back at R1, Con made it clear that he is against making it mandatory. Pro's making this argument is essentially a concession, and that automatically makes it Con's win.
Reasons for voting decision: Sex education teaches about protection and self aware of diseases and minimise the curiosity of Sex among teenagers. If they try to learn by themselves they may be misguided. Arguments to Pro as he states clearly the reasons and need of Sex education in high schools.
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