Rhetorical Analysis of Sex Education in Schools

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Search 1 Dean Search Professor McCorry Thought and Expression 26 October 2010 Sex Education in Schools In the article Michelle Bryant interviews Shelby Knox, a woman who graduated with a political science major at the University of Texas. Knox, a devout Christian, advocates her thoughts and beliefs about sex education in public schools daily. Due to the rise in teen pregnancies every year, Knox believes that she needs to not only teach teens about abstinence, but about safe sex as well, especially since she is fully aware that many teens are not abstinent. Her statistics and information advocate her ideas about sex education and ultimately influence teens to make better decisions. She hopes for better education in schools about sex and wishes that one day, every school will have a sex education program implemented in their curriculum. Sex education gives knowledge to those unknowledgeable of the subject and consequently prevents teenagers from making bad decisions about sex. This article efficiently and successfully depicts the problem of teen pregnancy as well as teen STD rates in the United States. Parents are reassured that their children are not having sex at an early age and do not run the risk of early parenthood because of abstinence programs. Michelle Bryant explains in Selling Safe Sex in Public Schools that high school and elementary teachers have to be more concerned with sex education in their community and focus more on safe sex rather than abstinence. The body of the article begins by saying that, “The debate
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2 over sex education has intensified in recent years because of substantial increase in federal funding for abstinence-only programs. In 2005, $167 million was appropriated, up from $80 million in 2001” (872). This quote suggests that due to the rise in funding for abstinence only programs, our knowledge of abstinence will prevent us from having sex. Also, this quote can also insinuate that the United States public schooling system is primarily focused on teaching abstinence alone rather than educating sexually active teens on how to be safe. This makes the audience believe that their children are not properly taught the precautions you need to take when faced with sexual encounters because the teachings are more focused on abstinence. Bryant attempts to use an ethical appeal to help persuade the audience of this
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