The debate "Should sex education be required in all schools including public religious and private" was started by
May 13, 2015, 9:16 am.
31 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 9 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
PsychDave posted 3 arguments to the agreers part.
toughgamerjerry posted 2 arguments to the disagreers part.
sighnomore99, PsychDave, jonatron5, transfanboy, Gurkavitch, skyfrancois_97, Bodaciouslady16, asaru, kyopsis23, soullesschicken, WordSpeller, redquote24601, dylan21502, Band_Nerd_24 and 17 visitors agree.
AnkGanu, toughgamerjerry, andrew_bmx14, WhyNot, pretty_twin and 4 visitors disagree.
As it was brought up in another debate, sex Ed should also cover date rape and how to avoid it, such as the coasters that test for sate rape drugs, as well as methods to protect yourself (don't leave your drink unattended, don't accept drinks from strangers, go out with friends and watch out for each other). These are things that parents may not be familiar with since it was not an issue when they were young, so parents may not teach it.
The teen pregnancy rate would indicate that more is needed. Many parents do not know how to have "the talk" or what to say. Others give a version of the talk that is based in part on religious views (not teaching about safe sex for example). While I would not want to tell pare to how to raise their children, education is the purpose of schools. If a few classes on sex could help keep them healthy, avoid unwanted pregnancy, and reduce the stigma and misinformation between their peers, why should we not teach it? I know it is a delicate and touchy subject, but so are many topics in history. We should give our children as much information and as many tools to succeed in the world as possible, and that includes how to avoid life altering mistakes.
What about the parents of the children? Can they not do what they have been doing for thousands of years? Teaching their kids about it when they're ready.
If kids are going to do it, knowing how to do it safely to avoid STIs, pregnancy and other problems is better that not knowing. Keeping them ignorant will not prevent them from having sex, it will just make it so that they are depending on less reliable sources, like their friends.
I don't think that it should be mandatory for kids to have to go through sex ed. because then what is keeping a guy and a girl that were in the class from doing it because they think they know everything they need to know before doing it. I think it would be a good side class that the parents should decide if they want their kid going through it. Or the kid could just talk with their parents. That wouldn't hurt.