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Why Schools Shouldn’t Hand Out Contraceptives: Educational Vs Parental Responsibilities

Posted by Rachel Evans on
Why Schools Shouldn’t Hand Out Contraceptives: Educational Vs Parental Responsibilities
Why Schools Shouldn't Hand Out Contraceptives: Educational Vs Parental Responsibilities

Why Schools Shouldn’t Hand Out Contraceptives: Educational Vs Parental Responsibilities

Uproar around schools handing out contraceptives has made its way into the news over several years. Some schools want to, while others do so without parents’ express consent. As someone who was a teen mother myself, I’m often asked my opinion on this issue. Is it okay for schools to do this? While proponents argue that they’re trying to help reduce the number of teen pregnancies and protect students from STDs, many can argue that schools are truly stepping over the line.

Schools and parents alike seem to have forgotten their roles in a child’s life. Instead of raising a child, some parents think that sending them off to school will provide everything needed to turn him or her into “a good person.” At the same time, school staff members get used to caring for students every day, and some seem to forget that these are not their children. on concrete core subjects – not about “life issues” and sexual normalcy.

What is a school’s true responsibility?

Parents might be left wondering how schools got interested in what’s going on in kids’ pants. Well, frankly, it is a school’s place to offer basic sex education. That is, the school should provide education about how the human body and gestation works, about the mechanics of sex, and the potential diseases and other hazards of sexual activity. It’s even acceptable in most cases to educate kids about the types of contraceptives available and the types of medical care and screening that applies. Unfortunately, this is a class taught in high school, and a lot of the kids are learning for the first time in a classroom. By that point in life, it should be a refresher and filling in information that parents have already discussed with them.

Out of every 1,000 school children under 17 in the United States, about 35 will give birth, and about 500-700 are sexually active. Of those, an untold number conceive and get an abortion. These numbers decline every year, but they still point to an educational need. Does this mean that schools need earlier sexual education classes? No, it means that parents need to do their job and give their kids a first introduction to sex, including its responsibilities and consequences, at or before child-bearing age. Sex are already introduced.

Which subjects should schools not approach with students?

Part of the contraceptive controversy in schools is that, by handing out contraceptives, school staff are taking an important decision out of parents’ hands. A school is not responsible for the student’s health, moral compass, or other such issues that fall within the responsibility of the parent. Yes, the big “sex talk” is uncomfortable for but it is an essential part of open communication as the kids progress through their teen years. The parent’s failure or inability to discuss it with their kids and provide the guidance, contraceptives, or anything else that the kid needs is not the fault or the responsibility of the school. On the same token, if a teen isn’t mature enough to discuss sex with his or her parents, then they’re most likely not mature enough to handle sex and its consequences – both emotional and physical – either.

How should contraceptives for teens be handled?

It is important for sexually active individuals to have access to contraceptives. The statistics bear out their value in preventing unwanted pregnancy, and some types can help guard against sexually transmitted diseases. However, this is not within the realm of a school’s responsibility. While it’s sad that a teen may have an unwanted pregnancy because of a lack of open communication with parents, that responsibility does need to remain with parents.

Individuals and families have different views on the subject, and those are purely family issues. Schools may educate on the facts, but parenting must take over from there.

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How Technology Has Given Me an Education Not Found in School

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How Technology Has Given Me an Education Not Found in School
How Technology Has Given Me an Education Not Found in School

How Technology Has Given Me an Education Not Found in School

my family and my life for the better 99% of the time. There are things I learn and used to help me with things like fixing electronics, getting educated at home, learning which apps work for us, and keeping our debt in check.

Learning How to Fix Electronics on the Fly

How my life is for the better even with all the breakdowns, upgrades, and outages that go along with it. Not only am I a freelance worker who does more than just write, I have learned also how to troubleshoot the problems on my end before spending precious time on the phone with tech support. More often than not these days, I can fix the problem without additional help and money or a lot of money to correct an issue.

Getting an Education at Home

Working from home is just one of the reasons how my life. Another way myself on various topics while researching my work these days.

Also, my daughter was able to take a few of her college courses online. Even with the extra fee of $45 or so at the time, it was cheaper than driving to Wichita State University two to three times a week for a semester. Which saved me more money in the long run.

Apps, Apps, and More Apps

When I first started hearing about apps for smartphones, tablets, computers, and the latest flat screen TVS, I never thought I would be one of those people who used them. We have a few of those installed and have been able to eliminate the need for cable. While some of them do cost us each month, we have found we enjoy those apps far more than cable.

Paying Bills Online

My husband has become a huge fan of paying bills online. For him, this for him. It helps us keep out bills more current and not having to worry about the payment getting lost in the mail. That has happened more than once to us.