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Should sex education be taught in school ?

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Started: 4/4/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Anasilva17

Pro

Sex education should be taught in schools because it educates young and irresponsible students who think they are on top of the world and know everything. It also educates young and mature students but may not be fortunate to have a proper sex ed conversation held with their parents. Some parents feel uncomfortable to have a sex ed conversation with their kids therefore, they are more at risk of having unprotected sex that can lead to AIDS and pregnancy. My opponent might say that sex education at schools can actually promote sex and although that may be true in some cases, the information that is now available and the knowledge acquired can still help some students to make healthier and smarter choices. Sex education will not only share information on how to have safe sex properly, but will share the consequences if students decide to have unsafe sex. Teen pregnancy will also decrease due to many teens using protection and being familiar with their bodies. Comprehensive sex education can reduce teen pregnancy without increasing sexual intercourse or sexually transmitted diseases. The sad truth is that most males do not recognize the symptoms of STD's and will continue to have sexual intercourse with multiple partners and infect them with diseases and some incurable diseases. According to an organization called Planned Parenthood Federation of America last updated on July 2013, stated that "Approximately 67.8 per 1,000 women aged 15-19 - nearly 750,000 American teenagers - become pregnant each year" and most of these teenagers are unprepared and often seek help from the government. Teenage pregnancy increases government assistance such as EBT and too much of that can bring the economy down.
Sdewalden

Con

Sex education is an area that should be left to parents or guardians to discuss with kids. Not all teachers are able to discuss the factors of sexual education to all students because of the diverse backgrounds that a classroom is made up of. there is not a one size fits all type of curriculum that will work for every class to be taught the same. A parent or guardian will have the knowledge needed to confront the student in a manner that is consistent with the values and morals the student is familiar with. In a classroom setting the risk of interruptions due to immaturity rises considerably. In a controlled environment, a student will have less outside influences for immaturity than when in a one on one environment. This intimate setting will give the student a chance to honestly open a dialogue and ask questions that may be embarrassing to ask in a crowded room filled with teenage peers. According to Dr. Karen Rayne in an article written on her website, "Sex education must be designed to address individuals across their lifespans " to give them tools, skills, knowledge, and strength to understand their bodies, to be both introspective and appropriately communicative about their own desires, respectful about other people"s desires, and both safer and reverent about the entire process". The public nature of a classroom does not provide the necessary environment to achieve this goal. It is in the home, over a period of time, where trust can be built and communication lines opened, where such lifelong learning can take place.
Debate Round No. 1
Anasilva17

Pro

It is true that some students might find it embarrassing to share or ask intimate questions or concerns, however we can not forget about whose students who find it even more uncomfortable to talk about it with their parents. The statement about referencing their morals and background established in a home with loved loves, still minimizes the feelings and concerns of those who feel they may receive punishment from their parents instead of advice or help. The issue of diversity in a classroom is fair, however strategies like self-reflection and thinking of potential classroom scenarios, might address this situation by considering him or herself, since there are no immediate right or wrong answers. With sex education also comes sex orientation and with the morals and background of some families, some students find it to be more difficult to be honest to some one close to them due to the fear of disappointment than with a teacher with no judgments . According to an organization called "Understanding Teenagers" who published an article called "When parents can't trust teens" stated that parents begin to loose trust in their kids and give less freedom which can cause their relationship to deteriorate. This can lead to teenagers trusting anyone but their parents because they are afraid on how they will be dealt with after their secrets or concerns are shared. The reason for educating one is to gain knowledge in unfamiliar areas and to understand something better. With certain religious aspects, parents may believe sex education promotes sex before marriage , therefore completely enforcing the entire conversation to be avoided due to their belief as to what is wrong, preventing a safe environment for opened conversations.
Sdewalden

Con

The background of some families will make it difficult to share all sexual conversations with. The orientation of some kids might very well be a difficult conversation as well, but I can't see how opening up to a teacher makes sense unless that conversation with the teacher is in confidence and not in such a public place as a classroom. Yes a teacher can be a source of trust and confidence with some kids who are not comfortable speaking with their parents at home, but sex education has to be talked about as a "whole class" experience. This "whole class" experience is my biggest reason for not being for sexual education in schools. If sex education was a more private interaction and not such a "one size fits all" type of curriculum, it would be beneficial to incorporate that type of class. The California Legislature AB 329 was signed into law in fall of 2015. This law states that any child in a public school in California grade 7- 12 will be taught certain things when sex ed is taught. These things include, " Information about the effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods in preventing pregnancy, including, but not limited to, emergency contraception. Instruction on pregnancy shall include an objective discussion of all legally available pregnancy outcomes, including, but not limited to, all of the following, parenting, adoption, and abortion"" It also will teach things about gender fluidity, and myths related to HIV infected people and how there is a normality involved in these issues. At what point do we tell the government to not be involved in what we should or should not teach our children. Sex education in the school system is no longer an education based on the biology of sex or sexual intercourse. It has become a political platform to teach the kids of our society information that the government wants . If sex education was solely information that involved the biology of sex, and prevention of unwanted disease or pregnancy, there would be no controversy in the subject. It is all the other information that crosses moral and political differences that becomes the issue.
Debate Round No. 2
Anasilva17

Pro

All in all, sex education should be taught in schools because it teaches students about the risks of unproductive sex which can lead to teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and many health complications if not handled properly. Knowledge, much like sex education should not be limited to anyone just because of their parent's views. Many people argue that these conversations should be held in their household with loved ones but the ability to teach sex education at schools with diverse personalities can expand student's ability to think, look, and react differently to situations. With someone like a teacher with a different cultural background and morals to give a different perception, if one is often comfortable with the same type of structure, morals, and beliefs, it never allows that individual to see things in a different light which can be essential for a career. It may seem like a stretch but if students acquire the skills and ability to speak on certain subjects like sex in a classroom, it will prepare them to handle uncomfortable situations better in the near future. According to an organization called Future of Sex Education promoting awareness for sex education published an article called "Youth Health and Rights in Sex Education" which stated "The decisions they make can impact their health and well-being for the rest of their lives" and the overall message is that students need to communicate with an adult about their concerns. The senseless truth is that most teenagers will often be too scared to have a conversation involving anything to do with sex with their parents and will often seek their friend's advice, who may not know any more than they do. This leads to false information and can worsen the situation instead of having a proper conversation with a teacher who has knowledge on sex education.
Sdewalden

Con

The argument about sex education being taught by teachers who have the knowledge is very assumptive in nature. We can not assume that a teacher is going to have knowledge of sexual education as described in Assembly Bill 329 (AB329, previously mentioned) solely based on an educational degree as most teachers receive prior to teaching a subject. There is not a degree that develops mastery of the subject. It is a subject that relies heavily on a combination of experience and some formal education to include a wide range of subjects to include, biology, political science, psychology, sociology, and communicative disease. There is a lot of information needed to be able to teach a curriculum as diverse as sex education as it is currently described. If sex education was taught to inform students on the biology of sex and the dangers of unprotected sex alone, then a teacher would be able to guide their educational path in that particular direction to gain a mastery of the subject. With the expansive ideas in the current sex education curriculum we would have to rely on faith alone that the teacher is unbiased enough to teach all students fairly and not teach to the teachers own political or psychological beliefs related to sexual orientation, gender identity, planned parenthoods role in society, or the "myths" related to HIV/ AIDS infected people. The government has their hands in too many aspects of our lives as it is. Sex education is not a subject that should be added to the big reach they have in our daily lives.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by whiteflame 9 months ago
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7 points to Con. Reasons for voting decision: Great

[*Reason for removal*] Not an RFD.
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