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Should parents have to give permission before a student receives sex education?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 18, 2014

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“No. The parents should at least receive an information packet.”

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“They should give permission. It should be something everybody should talk about.”

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“No, I think it should just be a natural part of the school.”


Fred Vance 4 years, 2 months ago

Depends on the age of the child. Minor - yes. Adult - no.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 2 months ago

How old is the student? Whom is doing the instructing? What is meant by "sex education"? Stupid question.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 2 months ago

Health and or sex education should be optional. There are much more important things to be teaching students such as things that will help them get a good job with good pay instead of assuming that everyone will go to college.

There should be apprenticeships available so that young people can learn at the side of the master of a trade and then go into that trade. Some of the old ways were the best ways.

It would not have to be limited to trades but could extend to the arts and to learning how to start and sustain a business.

So, no health and no sex ed in schools, lets get real about what our young people need to know to survive in the real world.

Bryan Moore 4 years, 2 months ago

Ok, first of all we're talking about junior high kids, not high school. I don't think teaching welding to a 13 year old is going to land him a job for a few more years (don't get me wrong I love welding, but my father taught me). I was taught sex-education in school in 5th grade in a little town just outside Lawrence and that was in 1976, guess that's not the "old ways" you were thinking of, huh? I still had time to learn everything else that I needed to know from school to get a good job. I got a job in a trade after high school and worked for years until I got through college and have spent the last 20 years in structural engineering. Man and to think it was almost all blown because some teacher wanted me to know how to prevent STD's and pregnancy, whew dodged that bullet! A child will spend somewhere around 14,000 to 15,000 hours in K-12 I think an hour or two or even a day or two on health is not going to cripple their future earning potential.

Addie Line 4 years, 2 months ago

^^It's allegedly not important until the student winds up pregnant due to being uneducated about birth control methods, for example

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