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Adult Content in College Classes

Minors taking college-level classes?  You should think about whether or not they are ready.

A college, obviously, is intentional in their presentation of opposing and provocative discussions. That’s all well and good if you’re an adult. Deciding whether or not your child is mature enough to deal with adult content is something you should consider in advance.

Maturity, in my opinion, isn’t about a specific age or grade.  It also isn’t that someone is “ok” hearing foul language or seeing naked bodies in a painting. Maturity is a person’s ability to reflect internally about something and their ability to put it into context and evaluate it in a meaningful way.

In a provocative college course, your teen may have to participate in debates or discussions about abortion, genocide, rape, murder, slavery, sex trafficking, discrimination, anti-American, racism, and other topics that are graphic and intense.  If they’ve never even heard the word, you can bet their class will have a profound effect on their understanding of the subject (good or bad).

Proactive parents preview course syllabi and textbooks but remember that everything that happens in class isn’t always scripted.  Spontaneous discussions and debates about topics pulled from the news headlines can be equally disturbing or challenging.

Finally, a religious or secular worldview is another important aspect of the adult-content discussion.  The PARENT must be aware that discussions, ideologies, and topics are often explored in college courses – either intentionally or by happenstance.  When in doubt, sit it out.

If your teen’s course has included something provocative- share below!


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4 thoughts on “Adult Content in College Classes

  1. Last year my high school sophmore read the Vagina Monologues for her English 1102 class. I am glad I was able to help her process it.


  2. My daughter has definitely run into this doing dual enrolled online classes! I tried to make sure I read a lot of the posts, got a feel for the teacher, and knew what the course was teaching . We have encountered many unexpected things!


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