I have mixed opinions. Obviously it’s important for any "parent" to finish school and at least get their high school diploma, however, I think schools (and society in general) are making it a tad too easy for little girls to realize their fantasies of having a baby when they are themselves, still a baby. I have heard children (and by children I mean kids from 13 to 17 years old) speaking about getting pregnant and how they are not at all afraid of the financial or physical responsibilities. One girl told me "It will be fine. My mom would LOVE to have another baby so she will babysit anytime I want to go out and I can just go on welfare and get free insurance and stuff." Her school also offered a free daycare center in the high school and by the sounds of it, the kids just drop their babies off in the morning and go check on them throughout the day to show them off like baby dolls. On one hand, I realize the importance of having a high school diploma and how a free daycare in school can facilitate that for girls who find themselves in that situation. However, I think the whole world is just making it a little too acceptable and easy for kids to have babies of their own. (It’s sort of like the prison situation. Prisoners have more rights and in many cases, more amenities, than many hard-working Americans. So of course people aren’t afraid of the threat of going tot jail/prison). Maybe if we started making consequences a little more of an issue, we could cut back on both troublesome situations. What are your opinions? Try not to be too politically correct. I really want to know what people think.
(And to the teenage mom’s out there, I am not putting you down. I’m would hope you most of all would discourage another teen from going out and getting pregnant, right? You don’t have to regret your baby in order to admit you learned something from what you have/are going through.)
Kell Kell – I don’t think I said anything that should have insulted you. At least nothing that warranted your yelling "So leave it alone!" the way you did. I was simply asking for opinions from people about a situation I feel is getting out of hand – (The teen pregnancy rate). If you took what I said personally, I did not mean it that way. I’m glad young girls who accidentally got pregnant have a means to have daycare while completing their diploma. However, I’m afraid that the ones who WANT to get pregnant will find this program as just one more reason it’s "easy to have a baby." Do you understand what I’m saying now? I hope so. Good luck with your baby. I hope you finish school and achieve everything you want in life!
It’s a nice idea – but where does it stop?
As a University student, I would LOVE to have free day care but it’s not practical. If you gave it to high schoolers, you’d have to give it to Uni students, then the workplace. You have to draw the line somewhere.
There’s always time for these kids to get their high school degrees later in life.