Saturday, September 03, 2005

Teen Pregnancy

Posted by Mustang with the permission of Always on Watch

The mindset of some people in this country reflects their socialist upbringing. For example, one mother thinks that if her daughter had received a free condom, then she would not have become pregnant in her freshman year of high school. This revelation comes to us in a story about Timken High School in Canton, Ohio — sent to me in email by a good friend — where out of 1,000 students, 64 females (or 13% of the student body) are pregnant. One student, who is now concerned about starting classes with a bulging stomach, and who is feeling pressure about planning an adoption, said “I’ve been crying every day and every night. I keep blaming myself for this.”

Well, at least we’ve found a teenager who is willing to take responsibility for her own actions. I certainly applaud her notion of putting the child up for adoption, rather than having it aborted. Meanwhile, the stupidity in our public school system continues as “concerned members of the community” debate such issues as why so many teenagers are getting pregnant. Could it be that they’re having sexual relations?

Nevertheless, some members of the community do not feel that teenagers are getting enough “sex education” in public schools. Of course, my reaction is that perhaps they’re getting too much education, including practical application exercises. Other members of the community are demanding that teenagers have better access to birth control methods, and that they be instructed to use it regularly. Here, I have to wonder why anyone thinks that it is the responsibility of the public school system to provide access to birth control devices; isn’t that what parents are for?

One student, an 18 year old high school drop-out who is now working on his GED certificate, labors at a hot dog stand during the day while taking care of his 2-year old son. According to this young man, “My Mom had a kid when she was in school, and now I have a kid. It goes back to how you were raised. Down here, it’s not looked down on because a lot of parents had kids when they were kids.” Bingo!

Now, returning to the Mother who thinks her daughter should have been given a condom, she is quoted as saying “It is time to take the blinders off and realize that these kids are having sex. Obviously, abstinence is not working. If we have to, just give them condoms.” Okay, this would be good advice were it not for the fact that children have parents so that parents can control the activities of their children. A 9th grade student should not be getting pregnant because there should be no time for such activities given proper parental supervision. How good of a parent was is this mother? According to this person, “I asked her 45 times a week if she was having sex, doing drugs, or drinking.” Okay — I think we get the picture. These loving parents should have been consulting a professional counselor rather than berating the child 45 times a week. She may have had sex for no other reason than because she was being accused of it anyway.

The sexual behavior of people does not have a place in America’s high schools. High schools exist in order to provide a basic education to young people so that they can (1) pursue higher level studies after secondary education, or (2) find meaningful work in the business community. Public schools do not exist to replace parents, and they should not be conducting experiments in social engineering — but given the willingness of some educators to take on such tasks, it is easy to see where parents might have become confused over the past 30 or so years.

Credit: ABC News

Cross posted: Social Sense

8 Comments:

At 9/03/2005 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9/03/2005 11:51 PM, Anonymous Mustang said...

Thank you, Anon. I've been over already--very informative, indeed.

Mustang

 
At 9/04/2005 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great piece Mustang! I just wish that more people would wake up to the fact that there are "reasons" why our modern society has all the problems it does. Watching the nightly news, you would think that with all the "experts" working to solve our problems, we could kick back and just wait for all the solutions to be implemented. But the solutions offered are nothing but Laputan projects, and our government no more than a island that floats in the air and lowers baskets to the people on the ground to fill up with food whenever they get hungry.

Parents take note. The school condom program isn't going to keep you children from having sex and getting pregnant. Only YOU can do that. Those who suffer the consequences of tragedy, are most often themselves responsible for it. And knowing this, you should NOT place your faith in "others" to solve the problems of our society. Teen pregnancy is what happens when you leave your kids to the "village" to be raised, and then go out on the town for nights of revelry and fun....thinking you don't have to worry, that "uncle" will watch them.

-FJ

 
At 9/04/2005 12:05 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I posted on this one as well. It is a pitiful sign about what we are teaching our children. It is a stain on the community and I bet they haven't changed a thing about what they are teaching their kids (at least a significant change).

 
At 9/04/2005 2:12 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

Why is it the Schools/Governments job to raise our children? My Step-Daughter married a man that was divorced and had custody of two children. When they got married she had one of her own born out of wed-lock,(after she left home) since then another was born. Her husband has a full time job, she has a full time and a part time job. I believe she took the second job so she won't have to deal with the kids, she says it was to make ends meet. All four kids have been in trouble in and out of school. If you ask anyone in that household they will tell you all of their problems are someone else's fault, and the parents don't have the time to deal with them. If they would have spent some time teaching the kids right from wrong they wouldn't have half the problems they have today.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

 
At 9/04/2005 3:54 PM, Anonymous analyst1 said...

How things have changed today. I'm from a previous generation when schools did not have such a "give up" attitude on sex education. We were not only taught that condoms were not reliable in preventing the spread of disease, they were also unreliable in preventing pregnancy. they must not be too much better today, because even where they are used there are still pregnancies and disease. To give kids condoms with the excuse that, "they are going to have sex anyway so we may as well make it safe" makes about as much sense as giving kids low-tar, low-nicotene cigarrettes because we know they are going to smoke even if we tell them not to.

 
At 9/04/2005 6:49 PM, Anonymous JR said...

There can be little doubt that parents are modeling and enabling substandard behaviors. Not long ago, a student told her teacher to "F" off and was referred to the principal for disciplinary action. The administration tried to avoid the issue, but the teacher stood her ground and refused to allow the student back into the classroom until a meeting was held with the parents.

During the meeting, the parents looked at the teacher and demanded, "Well, what did you do to provoke my child into using the "F" word in the first place?"

Children who are raised by a village grow up to become village idiots -- but it is also true that today's parents are raising absolute monsters. They don't respect their parents (understandably), they don't respect authoritative adults, and they certainly do not respect themselves.

 
At 9/04/2005 9:14 PM, Anonymous analsyt1 said...

I can agree with that. If I had acted the way kids act today, I would have probably lost a couple of teeth. Of course, today, child abuse charges keep people from even verbally reprimanding children. Another problem is the "time out" issue. Nobody does anything wrong anymore--at least it is not discussed. Rather, it is 'time out" and not punishment. We can't cause our children to experience a loss of self-esteem for being told that improper conduct is improper conduct.

 

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