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Should public displays of affection (PDA) be allowed in middle school and high school?
Public displays of affection (PDA) should be allowed in middle school and high school.
PDA allows students to show their affection to their significant other without talking or otherwise disrupting class.
Part of growing up means getting familiar with concepts that are likely to be a part of everyday life, such as showing affection for those you love. By allowing public displays of affection, schools are allowing kids to be better prepared for adult life.
Some students don't get to see their significant other after school or before school. A healthy relationship is important for teaching a student life lessons that aren't taught by traditional schooling.
PDA signals to other students that a student is in a romantic relationship, thus avoiding confusion and awkwardness about the relationship status.
PDA would remain optional. If a parent feels uncomfortable with their child physically showing affection, then they could still discourage it.
PDA are not significant enough to warrant regulation.
Students have to learn discipline and rigor at school.
It may be true that some forms of PDA be allowed at schools, but that does not demonstrate that all forms of PDA should be allowed.
Students may get carried away and take things too far.
Some parents may not be comfortable with their child holding hands or putting arms over the shoulders of their significant other.
A student may lose their attention to the lesson and instead pay attention to significant other.
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