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senate Bill S. 355

Should Lessons About Safe Relationships Start In High School?

Argument in favor

Teaching high school students what is and what is not consent will foster healthy relationships for students in school and into their futures. This plan also trains students how to spot and act in the face of domestic and sexual violence.

Gregory's Opinion
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03/20/2015
I agree in principle. Except that it shouldn't start in high school. It should start in elementary school.
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03/21/2015
While I oppose most federal intrusion in the school system I also recognize many of today's parents are unwilling to teach their children about relationships, if this was implemented in a responsible way it could be an effective program.
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loeakaodas's Opinion
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03/23/2015
Ignoring the fact that teenagers will have sex is a recipe for disaster & only leads to the spread of STI's unwanted pregnancies, & those "terribly" high abortion numbers.
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Argument opposed

Schools should focus their time with students in health education classes to teaching abstinence. If parents want to teach their children about "consent" and other notions of "healthy relationships," they can do it on their own time.

Loraki's Opinion
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08/10/2016
This is the job of PARENTS! Get the government and the schools out of the job of "parenting"!
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Tomblue01's Opinion
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04/11/2015
Yeah, cause our education system just works so well. Remember "just say no" to drugs in the 80's? Like that worked... <sarcasm> Nothing replaces the values learned in the home. Perhaps if we weren't so busy assaulting sound family values, we could actually encourage families to stay together long enough to teach their kids how to properly behave and conduct themselves in matters of life and sex.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/05/2015
Government sponsored relationships? That's potentially one of the worst infringements on the family dynamic yet.
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    I agree in principle. Except that it shouldn't start in high school. It should start in elementary school.
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    This is the job of PARENTS! Get the government and the schools out of the job of "parenting"!
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    While I oppose most federal intrusion in the school system I also recognize many of today's parents are unwilling to teach their children about relationships, if this was implemented in a responsible way it could be an effective program.
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    Ignoring the fact that teenagers will have sex is a recipe for disaster & only leads to the spread of STI's unwanted pregnancies, & those "terribly" high abortion numbers.
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    The abstinence policy doesn't work. We have been raising generations of children who have little to no knowledge on their own body. We need informative, transparent and scientifically accurate information delivered to the youth so they can make better decisions regarding relationships. You might not want to think about it mom and dad, but it's happening with or without you.
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    Parents can't reach kids at home because teenagers don't want to hear Mom and Dad.
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    Invariably there should be some courses addressing vital aspects of human relationships designed with special emphasis on the fact that educational information is not endorsement, encouragement, or facilitation of irresponsible, underage activity.
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    Yeah, cause our education system just works so well. Remember "just say no" to drugs in the 80's? Like that worked... <sarcasm> Nothing replaces the values learned in the home. Perhaps if we weren't so busy assaulting sound family values, we could actually encourage families to stay together long enough to teach their kids how to properly behave and conduct themselves in matters of life and sex.
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    Government sponsored relationships? That's potentially one of the worst infringements on the family dynamic yet.
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    This is an issue for the mother and father to teach their children.
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    It still stings to turn the other cheek and this is good preventative medicine.
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    Educate our teens and the consequences of testing the waters.
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    Define "safe." So it looks like schools or some government panel would issue ID cards similar to the cards issued at a car wash. Every time you get a wash, your card is stamped. So the kids meet, they take their cards to the parents so they can see the "safe panel" has approved their child's condom technique or oral hygiene and vaccine record. Just another PhD creating a program for his new title and pay raise. Another gimmick in socialist thinking regarding uniformity. This "safe" program falls directly on parents where it should be.
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    School isn't just math and science, it's a place where morals and ethics are shaped.
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    There are a lot of kids who aren't close enough with their parents to discuss these things. It's very important they are educated about these topics. As someone who has just graduated high school, I can tell you that most parents don't talk about this with their kids.
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    WAY TOO LATE! Teach the Golden Rule at a much younger age, and let schools remove from their environments students AND FACULTY who are causing all kinds of trouble, including bullying and violence.
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    This is the parents responsibility. Not the government.
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    They should be educated beginning in middle school.
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    Yes! Yes! Yes! healthy relationships are so important and should be taught in high schools, nationally. especial in states such as Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky...etc. Too many guns and misogynistic men. It's dangerous and disgusting.
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