Sex Education in Michigan

Michigan Student Caucus Proposal Template for Summers-Knoll Students 2019

Part 1: BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS due Oct 22 Context What is a current bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal? Use the legislative database found here: Senate Bill 0270 (2019) How would this bill make a difference in the lives of students across Michigan?

This bill would make a difference because it requires sex education to include information on consent, what is and isn’t valid consent, and use this to prevent sexual assault, violence, and rape among youth.

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

I learned about the issue of Michigan not requiring sex education through the Michigan laws themselves, and the supporting arguments through many studies that have been performed on the effects of sex education and the lack of which.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Os0rXFIZ9jseep6hpAbNxqBksv2p5EvNP8L3X9p8Di4/edit

Research process

What did you initially think about your topic and how did your thinking change over time?

My initial and current thoughts have stayed the same.

What was the most significant article/video/report/website that you used and how did it impact your research?

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/94/d7/94d748c6-5be0-4765-9d38-b1b90d16a254/reducing_teen_pregnancy.pdf is an article by Planned Parenthood, detailing the links between sex education and teen pregnancy, as well as some STD statistics. The evidence is glaring, as it is clearly stated that sex education reduces teen pregnancy and STDs in youth significantly. Looking at this data, it seems criminal to continue letting today’s youth go without proper sex education, subjecting them to diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

Part 2: FORMAL PROPOSAL due Oct 29

The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS The state of Michigan does not require schools to facilitate a sex education program;

WHEREAS The absence of a sex education program has been proven to raise the probability of minors engaging in sexual risk behaviors as stated by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC);

WHEREAS The absence of a sex education program has been proven to raise the probability of teenage pregnancy and STD contraction as stated by the CDC;

WHEREAS The CDC states that pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates, and that children of teenage mothers are more likely to become teenage mothers themselves, as well as being more likely to have health problems, face unemployment as young adults, and be incarcerated at some point in their lifetime;

WHEREAS Between 1991 and 2015 in the United States, the teenage birth rate gradually decreased, resulting in $4.4 billion in public savings in 2015 alone;

WHEREAS The CDC advises the requirement of a sex education program;

WHEREAS Furthermore, the required content of sex education in the state of Michigan does not include LGBT education, with LGBT students already at an even more significantly higher risk of sexual health issues, due to the lack of education pertaining to them.

Operative clauses

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED.... The state of Michigan must require schools to facilitate a sex education program, in order to provide today’s youth with proper education about sexual activity and behaviours, and prevent the contracting of STDs and teen pregnancies, to maintain a healthy life for the youth of Michigan. The facilitated sex education program shall include education on LGBT topics, to additionally aid in the health of LGBT youth, and to help end the STD crisis in LGBT communities, specifically among the young people in them. (Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)

Counter-arguments: What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

Parents are occasionally against sex education programs because they think the content is too “graphic” for children. People often think that teaching sex education will encourage youth to engage in sexual risk behaviors, instead of the opposite. Schools may not want to invest extra money into a sex education program.

Costs and funding: What are some costs associated with your proposal?

A sex education program may cost schools extra money if they are not already teaching them.

How will you pay for your proposed bill? From what sources could the funding come?

The government would ideally fund the sex education programs.

Who (people or groups) might object to funding your proposal?

There are various groups who object to a comprehensive sex education system, due to the counter-arguments stated above.

References: List all websites, articles, reports, videos, or other resources you used to research for this project. You do not have to include formal citations. **Eighth graders only: After each source, write 1-2 sentences about why you chose this source and why you trusted it.

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/profiles/results.htm This is a long data profile by the CDC, with substantial sections on the sexual health and education of youth and the links between the two.

http://go.nationalpartnership.org/site/News2?abbr=daily3_&page=New%20sArticle&id=32828&security=1381 This is a professional study done on the effects of sex education on the sexual health of youth.

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/94/d7/94d748c6-5be0-4765-9d38-b1b90d16a254/reducing_teen_pregnancy.pdf This is an article by Planned Parenthood, detailing how sex education impacts the likelihood of teen pregnancy.

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