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?
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.