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Should self defense classes be required in school?

Asked by: Innovate23
  • Would decrease the number of sexual assaults and violence against women

    If self-defense classes were required for high-schoolers to take, I believe that there wouldn't be as many cases of sexual assault and violence against women. Sexual assault is as prominent as ever in today’s society. According to the Journal of College Counseling, “1 out of every 4 women on college and university campuses had been victims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault". Another article by the American Journal of Public Health states that, “It is estimated that in their lifetime, nearly 1 in 3 women has survived physical violence”. These statistics are astonishing, and the number of cases can easily be reduced if we provide high-schoolers with self-defense classes.
    Other solutions, such as implementing underage drinking prevention programs and bystander interventions, would be helpful but not as impactful as self-defense classes would be. For some college students, the benefits of alcohol are more important to them than the downsides of alcohol. Because certain underage students value alcohol too greatly, implementing underage drinking prevention programs would not be the most successful solution. Bystander interventions would possibly encourage others to get involved in these crises, but they would run the risk of negatively impacting bystanders’ mental health.
    Sexual assault and violence against women is a serious issue that needs an immediate solution to help prevent more cases from occurring, and I believe the most impactful solution would be to require self-defense classes.

  • Yes, it should.

    Because I said so that's why.
    People (a majority of males, some female but less common) have attacked women and other men that don't know or have any way of protecting and/or defending themselves off from an incoming attack. I MYSELF HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM PEOPLE. HELP THE CHILDREN

  • Yes to martial arts

    Martial arts should be mandatory. If kids in primary school are taught a martial art they become aware of not only identifying a dangerous situation but dealing with it if things take a turn for the worst. I grew up with martial arts and the first thing we were taught is to never use martial arts unless in self defence, so as a child I became aware of bullying and many other terrible topics. As a teen we were taught to defend ourselves against kidnapping, rape and being held in a situation involving a weapon. Yes it should be mandatory but It should be taught right!

  • Should be offered

    I don't think that self defense classes should be required but offered a, narcissistic bully isn't going to take these classes because they think they can beat the little ones without it. The ones who need it can take it and protect themselves, the ones who don't think they need it will be defeated and no longer be a worry.

  • It can be costly

    Think about how much it would cost to hire a teacher that has trained in the ways of martial arts/self-defense. And what about things to train with, like dummies? They could be expensive. And what about space? Schools that are very large would need two or more dojos because of how many students might want to go.

  • It can be costly

    Think about how much it would cost to hire a teacher that has trained in the ways of martial arts/self-defense. And what about things to train with, like dummies? They could be expensive. And what about space? Schools that are very large would need two or more dojos because of how many students might want to go.

  • This could save a life.

    In many ways, you could instill a lot of confidence, power, and independence into a child by teaching them that they don't have to be a victim to a crime. But, the teachers would also have to reiterate and make it known that this shouldn't just be used for your fellow bullies that call you bad names even if they deserve a good punch in the face. I think it would encourage a lot of students to take it further to teach their own family members and friends a few techniques as well potentially saving their life if a situation was to ensue.

  • Bullies and other situations

    Students and others alike deal with bullies on a daily basis. Bullies come in many shapes and sizes from other students to even family members. Self-defense classes are not meant to just teach children how to fight, the classes can also help them to avoid harmful situations or other means to get away without the use of violence. Yes, students will be taught to fight in appropriate ways because some situation are too dangerous not to defend yourself using violence.

  • Self-defense is a great way for us to defend ourselves.

    The majority of the people in the world don't know how to defend themselves from danger. Making self-defense classes required in school, will help reduce the number of people who don't know how to defend themselves in dangerous situations. The more people who know self-defense, then the less likely they will be severely harmed.

  • Help Bullied Kids

    Kids who get bullied have no chance against bigger, stronger kids. But if schools provide self defense classes bullying will decline and kids will be more prepared to help themselves out on the street and in the world. It can be provided as a unit in gym. Most coaches would love to teach self defense. And yes of course ONE kid will use it for bad but, provide a punishment for people who use it wrongly. I think we can all agree that there needs to be a way kids can defend themselves in the world today

  • It's unnecessary and could cause kids to become the bully.

    Bullies could learn learn how to do this to the weaker kids like the person above me said. But if they learn this? Even bigger reason to do so. Not a great idea but it's just an opinion, self-defense programs only happened because people are just insecure about themselves and were like "We need to learn how to kick someone in the face if we get in a bad situation." But people could use that just to kick someone in the face for no reason. So yeah, these are just unnecessary in my opinion.

  • Gives more confidense, but not in a good way

    When kids do self defense classes they are most likely getting bullied or is in some kind of need becasue they feel like they are feeling threatend against somebody. After a couple classes of self defense, they are going to gain confidense and can also lead to to much cinfidence. When they get bullied or get another threat, there first initial reaction is to kick, hit, or even punch and leave some damage.

  • Bullies will only use it on weaker kids

    It's not often that high school jocks are the likely practitioners of bullying and physical abuse in schools. Self-defense classes would be taken by similar jocks that want to use it on other kids and would be the ones excelling in it while intimidating the other kids. Self-defense classes should be left to separate businesses.

  • Self Defence Classes should be offered as an extra curricular activity but not compulsory

    Yes bullying does happen, yes rape and attacks happen, yes wars exist in the world but that doesn't mean we need to be on the defence all the time. How about teaching our kids intervention skills? How about teaching them community care, being aware of neighbours, reporting acts of violence and abuse, looking out for each other? How about teaching our kids how to moderator in an argument or how to verbally negotiate with an aggressive person until police arrive? These skills can be just as important. I think self defence classes are a great idea and I would have jumped at it when I was at school but we should force this onto kids who do not want to be physical in this way - it should be offered as an extra curricular activity as well as debating, verbal communication skills, moderating, counselling, intervention skills and so on. These social skills can be just as valuable as self defence, they are also self defence skills.

  • It can be costly

    Think about how much it would cost to hire a teacher that has trained in the ways of martial arts/self-defense. And what about things to train with, like dummies? They could be expensive. And what about space? Schools that are very large would need two or more dojos because of how many students might want to go.


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