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With the increasing ubiquity of sexual images, teenagers receive a constant stream of sexual imagery and information. But whose responsibility is it to equip children and teens with the necessary knowledge to form attitudes about sex, relationships and intimacy? Is it the parents'? Or should educators provide teens with comprehensive sex education classes in schools?
Teaching sex education in schools robs parents of the decision of when, and how much, to tell their child about sex.
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Allows teachers to promote an agenda

Many educators have their own personal views on matters like contraceptives, abortion and LGBTQ+ matters. Sex education in schools allows them to push this agenda on children and teens.

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Context

If a teacher is a supporter of same-sex marriage or is pro-choice, sex education classes in school provide a platform for them to push their views onto malleable teenage minds.

The Argument

Many sex education programs teach transgenderism, contraceptive measures, and homosexuality as normal and acceptable lifestyle choices. This is not a biological or scientific truth. It is simply a socially held belief. This means that when they teach children about these issues, they are pushing their own socially held beliefs on teens and young adults.

Counter arguments

A tightly controlled curriculum would ensure that all children and teens receive the same information presented in the same way across the country, as they do with maths and science. As a result, there is no margin for teachers to insert their own beliefs into the classes. Quite the opposite, putting sex education in the curriculum would prevent teachers from pushing an agenda.

Premises

[P1] Aspects of sex education programs are not scientific or biological, they are socially held beliefs. [P2] Therefore, teachers are using sex education programs to push their beliefs on students.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] By putting sex education on the national curriculum, the government could control the information students receive and how they receive it. This means there would be no margin at all for teachers to push an agenda.

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