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Tanika Reddon
11/4 Discussion.
Fri Nov 4, 2011 3:05pm
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After thinking long and hard, the topic I consider discussing is teaching sexual education in middle schools. I intend to advocate for it because kids are getting pregnant younger and even though this will not stop teens and pre-teens from having sex, it may reduce the chances of them ending up with a child. Sex is a topic that parents usually hate to talk about with their children mainly because it seems to take away from their innocence. That is understandable but if no one wants to educate them on it, they will begin to be influenced by their friends or the media and take it upon themselves to find out more about it. If schools have a good educator who can teach kids, professionally, the negatives effects of sex and the good part about practicing abstinence, it would take the stress off parents of having to have the ďtalkĒ with them.
One of my major points will be that parents should prepare for the worst. Even though their child may not show any signs in participating in sexual activities, they still need to be allowed to take the class to learn different ways of protecting themselves. A lot of STDs and unplanned pregnancies in younger aged adolescents occur because they were not educated. I donít believe that any parent wants their child to come home and tell them that they may have an STD or even be pregnant, especially when the parent wasnít even aware that they were sexually active. The purpose of the class is to better younger teens and persuade them to make wiser decisions, not to push them into having sex. In reality, there is no actual way to protect a child from being influenced into participating in dangerous things unless they donít have friends, donít surf the web, and donít watch television. The only thing that you can do is talk to them and explain what could happen if they chose to go down a path such as that. It will be a lot more effective and also make them better at making good decisions.

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