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Addressing the teen pregnancy issue


It seems like I'm seeing more and more of it these days. And I'm not talking about grown women and their husbands; I'm talking about teenage girls in high school.

The question that a lot of people are asking is why? Why would you want to ruin your high school years for one simple mistake? Why would you want to give up your freedom as a teenager? Why would you want to grow up so fast?

It seems to me that maybe schools and teachers are going about the issue all wrong.

Everyone knows that we have to take health classes all during middle school and our freshman year at high school.

In these classes, sex and pregnancy are some of the big topics of discussion. Students are constantly being educated about pregnancy and how it happens and the outcomes of it.

But, it's just not getting through to the students. Maybe we need to approach it differently. Instead of educating the students about how you get pregnant and that whole deal, why not let the students learn from someone who has been there and knows how it is to deal with a child and still manage to go to school and work?

Maybe students will listen more if it is coming from their peers. Maybe if they actually hear it from someone who has been there, then they might think twice before having unprotected sex or even having sex at all.

Maybe the issue isn't even pregnancy. Maybe the school system should allow teachers to teach something other than abstinence.

But then again, maybe the problem doesn't lie at school at all. Maybe it begins at home. It could be that students aren't getting the right attention and education at home.

The parents could be at fault just as much as the teachers. It is said that education always starts in the home. Some parents have never had the famous "birds and the bees" talk with their kids.

I guess it's just because they don't feel comfortable or maybe they just don't know when the right time is to talk about it.

If I were a parent, I would start talking about the issue as soon as my child hit middle school.

It's better to start then, than not at all. Because these days, young girls are even getting pregnant in middle school.

I'm not here to offend anyone or put anyone down.

I'm just trying to address an important issue.

Web posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004

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