Should Sex-Ed Be Mandatory in Tennessee State Public Schools?
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1. It's not just about sex, there are public health issues involved, ways to prevent disease and unwanted pregnancy.
2. Some wouldn't get accurate information if it was not available in school.
3. The risk of not educating students or that they maybe misinformed is too great not to make it mandatory.
2. Teaching kids about sex and having save sex does not guarantee that they will participate in safe sex. Just because you know how to do something does not mean you WILL do it.
3. Sex ed costs money. Supporting sex ed programs in schools will cause tax payers to pay more money for the resources and equipment needed for the classes. Tax payers want to LOWER taxes, not increase them. The taxes would have to be increased to be able to support this.
Addressing your first point: Providing information about safe sex in sex ed classes does not insure that people will HAVE safe sex, nor does it mean that pregnancy will go down. Birth control does not always work. It may help, but it does not guarantee that this problem will be fixed.
Addressing your second point: You say that some wouldn't get the information if it weren't provided in schools in this class. However, that isn't true. In every day life and in some of my required classes in schools, we have learned about diseases (regular diseases and STD's). I believe that your point is invalid.
Addressing your third point: You say that the risk is too great not to educate students, but students learn about them early on before high school, which is when the class would be taken. Parents talk to their kids about them and kids see, hear, and read information about them in the media almost every day. It's hard not to learn something when you have your face buried in your phone or your laptop, searching the internet.
With regards to tax burdens. Health care costs related to disease treatment and unwanted pregnancy is a far greater expense than the classes would ever be. "The average cost of HIV treatment is $14,000 to $20,000 a year," says Michael Kolber, MD, a professor of medicine and director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program and Adult HIV Services at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida.
The goal is to get as many students as accurate information as possible. The best way to do that is professional teachers. To your point a student could learn anything they wanted to on their own and yet a majority of learning is not done that way yet. Students could learn math via the Internet as an example and yet math is still taught in schools by teachers. While it would be a wonderful world if people would educate themselves on stds and so many other important issues on their own, that is not the real world.
Making it mandatory has many benefits.
Some will learn something even if they aren't interested which is better than nothing.
There is potential risk of teasing and peer pressure if the course is an elective for those who are interested in learning.
The benefits of prevention (std,pregnancy etc) far out weigh any arguments against.
Ultimately the information needs to be presented to make the best informed decision one can make. But the bottom line is for the individual to make that decision (freedom of choice). Having been fully informed the decision and consequence then falls on the shoulders of the individual.
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