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Can you help me write my argumentative essay about sex education?

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The key to writing a good argumentative essay is thoroughly understanding the pros and cons of the topic you are considering.  That is because you are asked to take a position in an argumentative essay and support that position, while also being ready to meet challenges that would come from people taking a different position.  Sex education is a surprisingly divisive topic given the evidence that supports sex education as being a positive for students.  Much of this division is based in religious and moral objections to sex education, and, while it may be tempting to be dismissive of those concerns if you are writing in support of sex education, you want to make sure and treat them respectfully, even while you are arguing against them.  On the other hand, if you are arguing against sex education in schools, you want to make sure you are aware of the factual data that could be used to counter religious and moral arguments.

To get you started, we will review some of the pros and cons of thorough science-based and inclusive sex-education in schools. 

Pros

  1. Provides children with accurate, scientific information about reproduction, sexual health, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  2. Reduces the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  3. Educates children about the appropriate use of contraceptives.
  4. Reduces teen pregnancy rates.
  5. May help reduce the rates of sexual assaults.
  6. Provides children with biologically accurate terms for body parts, which can be useful if a child has to report molestation or other types of sexual assaults.
  7. Provides information about homosexuality and transgender issues that many children may be missing at home, which can be lifesaving for these kids who are at high risk for suicide and other self-harming behaviors.

Cons

  1. Children with comprehensive sex education may engage in sexual activity up to a year before their peers in abstinence-only sex education programs.  
  2. Information in sex ed courses may conflict with religious or moral instruction provided at home.
  3. Because teachers rarely specialize in sex ed, it may be difficult to find competent and knowledgeable teachers to instruct students in this topic.

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