65 out of 490 girls at school pregnant
Shocking school administrators and others community members, fully 13 percent of the female students at an Ohio high school currently are pregnant.
"This has gotten to horrible proportions," said Redmond. "I wish I knew the answer to why it's happening."
Repository columnist Rick Senften mentions the potential suspects of movies, TV and video games, lazy parents and lax discipline.
Yes, I hate it when you are watching tv or playing a video game and next thing you know, you're pregnant! For all you parents out there, make sure you incorporate that into your "birds and bees" talk. You can't get pregnant from touching a doorknob but you can get pregnant from watching tv.
I'm just shocked that after all the sex-ed that students are getting that they still manage to get pregnant. I mean, those nutty Christian conservatives predicted this. But really, how could anyone else have the foresight to realize that telling young kids that having sex was ok as long as you use "protection" would have these type of consequences?
Who would have thought that the change is social norms and the loss of the stigma would have had these effects. Really, I thought that when we stopped telling people that being an unwed mother was shameful and instead said that she was "empowered" we would reduce the number of single mothers.
I thought that when we stopped saying that you were a slut for having casual sex and instead said that the girl was "liberated" that we would decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies and STD's.
I thought that having the "everyone's doing it" statement go from back alley's to the classroom would make less people do it.
Seriously though, I want to put full responsibility on parents because that is where I believe that the responsibility lies. However, the schools have made it clear their intention to go beyond teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and now teach moral and social values. (among other things)
The public school system shares some of the blame with the bad parents. And yes, they are bad parents. If we want to start reversing this trend it is time to start making moral judgments like that.