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Should sex education be taught in schools ?

Asked by: lupe
  • Knowing now will help with future decisions

    I am a high school students that has 2 friends who are pregnant. One is a sophomore and one is a senior. The sophomore was excited and was bouncing up and down and the senior was crushed because she had big dreams after school. We need to learn about sex education so we can prevent teen pregnancy from destroying the dreams of their future and realize that having a baby isn't all cracked up to be, physically and financially.

  • Students need to know this stuff

    When these kids end up finishing school and move on with the real life, they have to understand the dangers that could possibly be out there. Even when attending school they must understand so they can be ready to apply the things they learned outside of school. The subject might be a bit "gross" and students may not want to hear that stuff, however it is for their own benefit.

  • Better to be safe

    Parents often have trouble discussing this issue with their children, and children often have trouble taking initiative to talk to their parents about this topic.

    If schools taught children about how to be safe about this issue, there will be less teenage pregnancy and will benefit the teenager. It would also take away the pressure on parents to help their kids with the issue.

    I do believe, however, that there should be an "opt-out" system, i.e. a note should be sent to parents before the education unit which parents can sign if they do not believe it is an appropriate unit for their child to be taught about. This way, the minority of parents who may get offended by this good cause has some choice on their child's education, limiting offensiveness.

    At school, children whose parents have not opted-out would be taught by a trained and qualified psychologist, meaning they would be taught correct and valuable information. Parents may not be fully educated on the topic, so if the child is taught properly, it can limit (as I said before), teen pregnancy.

    In summary, sex education in schools:
    -Limits teen pregnancy
    -Encourages safety
    -Takes the burden off parents to discuss the issue
    -Teaches children by a qualified individual, as opposed to a parent who knows less about the topic.

    Plus the opt-out system which I believe should take place if sex-ed is added to the curriculum.

  • Parents are not all trained psychologists.

    Just as how your parent's CAN give you good medical advice but can't replace medical professionals, sex education CAN be taught by parents, but they would never be able to teach them in the same way that trained professional psychologists can. Even if they can, not all parents will be able to therefore, it is important that sex education is taught in schools so that all children are informed.

    I personally believe that sex education should be an optional course available to those with parental consent that way, if you feel you can do better than psychologists and teachers, you are free to pull your child out of that educational process.

  • It's better to be educated on safe sex, then to be uneducated and having sex.

    If your child goes to a public and even most private schools it's likely that they will learn about sex regardless if it is taught by a teacher or not. In my opinion it is better for a child to know about sex and how to keep it as safe as possible rather then having sex and the child not knowing about the dangers of sex. Some parents are not comfortable talking with there child about sex and expect the school to teach it to them. If you are a parent that thinks you should be the one to teach your child about sex then 99% of the time you can get your child excused from the class and even if you can't you can emphasize what you want your child to know outside of school.

  • It Definitely Should Be!

    When I was in school, there was no sex education. Frankly, I believe that if kids were taught more about sex and what happens when you do it, maybe there wouldn't be so many children having children of their own.

    I firmly believe that kids shouldn't be having kids. 15, 21, even 25 is too young to be having children! You can love them and take care of them wonderfully, maybe. However, they need your maturity. Early 20's even, you're not mature enough (even though you likely think that you are) to have a child. Children need more then just your money and love. They need to be able to look up to you as a person.

    At even 25, you're not mature enough. You're still a child and still growing and maturing. You're still learning the ways of the world and in fact, you may even still be in school, such as college. It's unlikely that you have a stable relationship and even if you do, whose to say it will last? All these things are important in the life of a child. Stability is important and kids growing into adulthood can't offer any of that.

  • Definitely: The Earlier The Better:

    It lets the child understand about where they came from and lets them know what dangers exist, which makes them more aware of abuse and reduces the risk of abuse, since they know what to report.
    I educated my children on the basics of human and animal reproduction before they started pre-school.
    It stopped them from being victims of peer pressure in school by other students who make stupid claims, which the educated child will see right through.
    Because they had the knowledge to sort out the facts from peer group naive fiction.
    They are both extremely stable in their sexual relationships and have never suffered any dramas with their sexuality.
    Likely from being forewarned.
    My school taught us sex education, but too late, many children had already suffered sexual traumas before the class arrived in our school.
    The teacher was fired for teaching it, but many of us are extremely thankful to him for having the courage.
    Many in my class, owe him a great deal of thanks.

  • No to sex education

    Sex Education is the parents job not the schools ! Parents should be more involved in their children's life. Some parents don't feel comfortable with the fact that some stranger will be teaching their child the wrongs and rights about sex . Let's face it the school system is not required to teach children about sex. Different families have different ways of approaching this kind of situation for example if a child has religious parents and they're being taught about safe sex that is interference to there beliefs . Parents may not want other people teach there children about condoms.As well,kids in school are still to young to have sex and to be putting ideas etc. in their head may make them want to partake.

    Posted by: lupe
  • Me personally it shouldn't be aloud because that's a parent thing to deal with not a school.

    Sex Education is the parents job not the schools ! Parents should be more involved in their children's life. Some parents don't feel comfortable with the fact that some stranger will be teaching their child the wrongs and rights about sex . Let's face it the school system is not required to teach children about sex.Different families have different ways of approaching this kind of situation for example if a child has religious parents and they're being taught about safe sex that is interference to there beliefs . Parents may not want other people teach there children about condoms.As well,kids in school are still to young to have sex and to be putting ideas etc. in their head may make them want to partake.


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