|This are serious thread.
||[Dec. 3rd, 2006|02:33 pm]
The Question Club
Okay, not really. I can't really take it seriously, but I am kind of... I don't know, disgusted.|
I've just read elsewhere about a public high school that offers daycare for the children of its students. Its. Students.
What do you all think about this? If it went on the ballot where you live to include this as an adjunct to your local high school(s), how would you vote?
I can't help but see it as, if not encouragement, then something that works at cross-purposes to any programs that may be in place to prevent teen pregnancy. I mean, my God, we can tell them not to do it, but here, we'll accommodate you if you do? I don't think so. Yes, teen parents have just as much right to an education as everyone else, but high schools should not be using taxpayer's money to fund the result of the little teenager's lack of education or apathy toward safe sex.
My vote would have to be no.
EDIT: I'm adding here rather than replying to each individual comment in the interest of saving time.
I promise I'm not as ignorant a fuckwit (you all didn't say it, so I'm saying it for you) as the above just made me sound, but it is clear that I didn't think this entirely through. I completely failed to consider the cost of daycare in high schools versus the cost of welfare mothers. I also chose entirely the wrong word to express the logic behind considering it the wrong way to approach prevention. The point I meant to make was, wasn't the difficulty of finishing your education while you have a kid supposed to be one of the big deterrents everyone touted? At least for a while there? And here they are taking a large part of that difficulty away.
Those of you who pointed out that teen pregnancy rates dropped in your areas as a result of this program, thank you for that. For the reason stated above I wouldn't have thought that to be the case, but there you have it.
I do want to be absolutely clear that I don't in any way advocate abstinence-only education. I've always argued that the fastest way to get anybody to do something is to tell them not to do it. Y'all are right, though; if it improves the cost over paying for welfare, and if it's successful as an education tool, then that's enough to sway my opinion.