Ready for a twist in the old "should teenagers have access to birth control" debate? Some 22 high schools in Philadelphia will be welcoming students back in the new year with brand new condom dispensers.
So is this a matter of schools overstepping their bounds and infringing
on parents rights? Or is this just one way the schools fulfill their
role in kids' lives?
After all, Philadelphia's deputy mayor of health was questioned about the condom dispensers, and he explained that schools are partners with parents in raising kids. Put it that way, and schools giving our kids condoms is really the responsible thing to do, right?
Let's just think about this for a minute.
It's ultimately a parent's responsibility to keep
kids safe. That's why most parents who really think things through would
side with preventing STDs over pretending their precious little
snowflake will never ever ever have sex.
But parents have already ceded a significant amount of control over the welfare of our kids
to the schools. We more or less have to, considering our kids typically
spend more of their waking hours on a school campus than they do with
We already expect the schools to help us prepare our kids for the
real world, expanding classes beyond mere reading, writing, and
'rithmetic to life skills' training in the likes of driving and often
basic parenting skills. In many places, sex ed is even part of the
curriculum (and rightly so).
So why not? Why shouldn't schools be as proactive as parents are or at least as parents should be? Why shouldn't they help us prepare kids for safe sex?
Would you support condom dispensers in your local high school?
I'd actually prefer they have to get them FROM someone- nurse, counselor, whatever. So that someone knows they are making these choices and can keep an eye on them. I do support them being available for free though.
Also, maybe it's the middle school teacher in me, but I can see them being wasted on tricks in class...kids getting them just to spit in them and put them on someone's chair, flick them at each other like rubber bands, etc
Yes, no, yes. I am conflicted. Where I would love to see condoms given away to teenage boys so they know to wrap it up, I don't want them so available that that they will just become toys. Something about having a condom dispenser just makes me think that the kids will be having a water balloon fight with them.
This is something that's received massive scientific scrutiny, and the results of the studies have been exceptionally clear, and in agreement with each other, no matter where it is tried, or who runs the study.
Anonymous condom machines in schools decrease the rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
They do NOT increase the number of pupils deciding to have sex.