Essay Thesis Against Sex Education In Public Schools

The topic of sex education in public schools is one that raises a lot of emotions. There are many issues involved, from practical to moral, and plenty of arguments presented on both sides of the debate. This makes it a common choice as an essay subject. If you have to write an essay opposing sex education, what's the best way to go about it?

Every essay has four key sections:

  1. Introduction - This briefly explains what the essay is about and gives an idea of its conclusions.
  2. Thesis - This usually takes the form of a statement which the essay aims to prove or disprove, although it can also be a comparison.
  3. Argument - This is the main body of the essay. It's where you present your evidence for and against the thesis, and discuss the important points.
  4. Conclusion - Here you present what you believe the argument shows. Generally people start with the conclusion and look for an argument that supports it; that doesn't work in science, but it's fine for an essay like this.

This guide will look at how to choose a thesis for an essay against sex education. Obviously, when doing this, you need to choose a statement that you think you can reach the right conclusion about. It's no good picking "Schools that teach sex education have students who know less about sex," because that's obviously wrong. What you're looking for is a statement where the argument will lead to the conclusion that sex education is a bad thing. Here are two good subjects that can be used to come up with a good thesis.

  • Parental Rights - What children are taught about sex is a decision for their parents. That decision shouldn't be made by teachers or education authorities; parents have the right to choose what their child learns about such a sensitive subject.
  • Morality - Sex education lessons often cover alternative lifestyles such as homosexuality. Many parents have their own opinions on issues like that and would prefer that their children are taught in accordance with those opinions. This also avoids children becoming confused; if their parents tell them that homosexuals are sinners, but their teacher tells them it is perfectly natural, they won't know who to believe. It's sometimes argued that this lets them make up their own mind on the subject, but is that supposed to be more important than the parents' moral views?

Of course there are also some subjects you should steer well clear of. For example don't argue that sex education encourages children to have sex. It doesn't; hormones encourage children to have sex, and the evidence shows that sex education leads to lower rates of STDs and pregnancy, so it's best to avoid this topic. That doesn't matter though, because there are plenty more arguments you can use instead.