Should Schools Give Teens Birth Control – No

Birth control used to be a parent’s problem. If a parent felt their son or daughter should start birth control in their teenage years, the parent took the teen to the doctor or drugstore and paid from their own pocket. Recent years, however, have seen a mysterious shift in control. With national teen pregnancy on the rise in the all too memorable past, public schools have begun to wonder if they should take the problem into their own hands. Many schools have considered handing out birth control to teenagers, while some schools have already adopted the practice.

Arguably, the schools may have demonstrated the rise of a frightening trend in parenting. Some parents feel it is the responsibility of the educational system to not only teach teens how to use birth control, but also to provide the birth control. Passing this responsibility on to the public school system is only the tip of the “hands off” parenting ice burg, with camps of parents believing everything from birth control to manners should be learned at school.

The public education system is inundated with its own issues; there are too many to list in a short article. Providing birth control to teenagers should not be included in the already suffering yearly budgets of public school. The education system should be responsible for the “mechanics” of sex and birth control; health class should be used to instruct students how to use birth control. Parents should then partner with schools to continue the birth control conversation at home. Parents should shoulder some of their teen’s concerns, making the decision with their teen whether birth control should be obtained. It is not up to the public school system to provide teens with prophylactics. It is up to the parents to know enough about their teens’ lives to make the decision as informed adults.