Eng. / Rdg. 072
April 8, 2014
Prof. T. Peacock
Topic: Should Schools Provide Information about birth/ contraceptives to students under the age of 16 without parental consent?
Some schools currently provide basic information about birth control/ contraceptives to its students. Some people believe that because students nowadays are engaging in sexual activity at younger ages, schools should provide information about birth control/ contraceptives without parental consent to students under the age of 16. I agree with this approach.
First, students under the age of 16 are at a very vulnerable phase of their lives and should be instructed about sex wisely. Some parents do not have the appropriate preparation to talk to their children about such a delicate topic. Moreover, parents do not feel comfortable having the sex discussion with their children. This is because parents know that children under the age of 16 are embarrassed and are not mature enough to address such subject with them. Also, parents believe that if they bring up the subject to their youngsters, they may be awakening the desire for sex, as opposed as if a teacher, who may be better qualify, brings up subject to them, may do a better job. Another reason why parents should not to talk to their children about the matter is because the sex discussion may make the parent-children relationship bonding fragile.
Second, instructions through schools about birth control/ contraceptives to students under the age of 16 may provide awareness about preventing pregnancy and the spread of STDs. By schools providing this basic information to our children on how to properly protect against STDs and unwanted pregnancy, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases and students conceiving at the age of 16 and younger will drop favorably. In addition to that, this may also help the students understand the consequences of being pregnant at the age of 16 or younger. With the help of schools, this will aid to inform these inexperienced folks that if sex is not addressed properly, the result may