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sex education

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Petition to Governing board, Craig Mussi, Diane Douglas, Patti Husey, Patty Kennedy, Susan Maland, Andrew Pulcipher, Pam Reicks, Martin Quezada, Diali Avila, Bryan Howard, Cecile Richards, David Schapira, Planned Parenthood

Introduce Sex-Ed into Arizona High-schools

  In the United States many schools do not offer any form of a sexual education class. However, once it is approved by a school district's governing board then an educational class is allowed to be introduced into a high school's curriculum. By this point if a class is incorporated into a school's educational standards it is abstinence based. At Moon Valley High School while a sexual education class is not taught a class called C.O.O.P is offered. This class teaches the students how to care for a child and to help raise one. Despite offering a class meant to teach about children there is not a class offered specifically to teach students about Sexual activities and safe practices and the effects of engaging in such. This is due to Arizona being an abstinence based state despite having no formal laws mandating any form of sex ed. By not teaching and offering this class to students, many will wrongfully engage in activities that may lead to diseases and even higher concerns without even knowing they entered the situation with a huge risk factor. By not being aware, it may tremendously affect the life of an everyday student, all of which could be prevented by offering such classes to those who attend high school. As a high school student who attends regularly at Moon Valley I believe sex ed should be offered and have an opt-out based curriculum. While some cities in Arizona do offer some form of sex ed, it is in no legislation passed that the information has to be comprehensive sex ed, nor does it have to consist of 100 percent actuality and facts. Moon Valley, as well as all other high schools in Arizona need to start offering these courses to their students NOW, not "in a year or so". I firmly believe we need to make a change and begin having a sex ed course offered in every high school in Arizona that must be 100% factual.   

Genavieve Smith
23 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to The Texas Education Agency, Greg Abbott, Department of Education

Teach Comprehensive Sex Ed In Schools

We need comprehensive sex-education in public schools. Texas needs this. Why not just continue to teach abstinence-only? Well, first of all, not all schools teach sex-ed at all. Second of all, it's not nearly as effective as comprehensive sex education.  Did you know Texas has the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancies in the country?  (https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/04/13/texas-highest-rate-repeat-teen-pregnancy-country Did you know a quarter of Texas public schools don't teach sex-ed at all? (https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/14/texas-public-schools-largely-teach-abstinence-only-sex-education-repor/ https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/02/14/study-growing-number-texas-school-districts-teaching-sex-ed Did you know that comprehensive sex-education has been proven to prevent unwanted teen pregnancies and STDs? (http://prochoicetexas.org/learn-more/sex-education/ Did you know that teen parents, moms especially, get bullied because of it? (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/blogs-main/advocates-blog/2143-teen-moms-are-bullied-everyday If we continue to "protect" our kids from comprehensive sex-education, the rate of STDs and unwanted teen pregnancies will not decrease.  For pro-choicers, it's stressful for any teen to have to figure it out, to find the resources to either have the baby or have an abortion, and/or to be teased by their peers.  For pro-lifers, the number of people (teens, in this case) wanting abortions would go down significantly if they knew how to have safe sex.  Teenagers have sex. Not all of them, of course. But rather than to risk them not knowing what to do and having unsafe sex, teach them and move for comprehensive sex-education in schools.  Support them. Don't ostracize or ignore them.     

Dianna Morales
107 supporters