Gloucester MA Officials have it all wrong… Baby Pact

September 26, 2008 bsmith101
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What would make the Gloucester School Officials feel that they could possibly curved the current cultural trend of teenage pregnancy?

The first thing they see wrong is…is that the problem is only a local one.

The second thing is…is that they believe it can be curved by a little more sex education and some more condoms.

Before sex education arrived in schools in America there was far less sex and pregnancy going on among teens in school.

This thing is at epidemic proportions.  It is serious.

Today most high schools, and a lot of what used to be Jr. High Schools…called Middle Schools today…are also becoming highly populated with little mothers and dads roaming and running through their halls.

The problem…to you folks in Glouchester…is not more sex ed and condoms but teaching the kids how to abstain from having sex.  You need to show how having a baby…and or children in their early years can really impact their future years.  And then thirdly, rather than trying to make it easier on them by suppling them school day-care…you really need to let them struggle a bit with trying to get their child care arrangements and schedules together for themselves.  You might just find that there won’t be so many of them so willing to make pacts or babies either.

The truth of the matter is…is that teen pregnancy is a major problem in this country and it does not seem to be getting any better.  Clearly, it is an issue which sooner or later is going to have to be seriously addressed. 

These kids have no idea how important these early years are for them.  Not to mention for some of them they are making decisions which will clearly impact them and frame every important decision they will have to make for a very long time…and will certainly play a crucial role in most …if not all of the future decisions that they make.

Just the other day I found myself having to have a heart to heart discussion with one of my little nieces.  She just recently entered into the 9th grade this year…and she seems to have a problem getting to school on time.  I informed her that everything she is doing in school today is preping her for life after school.  And that if she couldn’t get to school on time now…she wouldn’t be able to get to work later…nor to her classes once she got into college.  Because what you practice now is important.  But it also gets down to responsibility.  I told her that it was her responsibility to ensure that she had success later on in her life by preparing for it now…it was her responsibility to get to school on time.  I told her it was her responsibility to ensure herself of a successful future tomorrow…today.  And that  cannot be done by making a bunch of bad choices at very early ages.   

Having children is no joke…and babies need responsible maturing people to handle the responsibilities that they bring.  People who are capable of making real and intelligent decision in terms of their overall care and invest in who they become as people.  No little grade school child can do that…as they are still babies themselves.

 http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1815845,00.html

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/punews/local_story_067063101.html

http://wbztv.com/local/gloucester.high.school.2.751873.html

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/punews/local_story_267225458.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,382021,00.html

http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/moreviews/21667254.html

Speaking of abstinence…isn’t it something most of us practice everyday?

Who doesn’t want sex?

But we don’t run out like little dogs or cats…or any animals trying to get it.  And if you do then you shouldn’t.  The cost of indulging like that could cost you your life or a lifetime of certain types of medication…just watch the television commercials of people claiming to have this or that.

Over time we have all learned to become responsible.  Some longer than most…and for me particularly so.  But I am there…or should I say here now.

As adults we have all learned to control ourselves.

Okay…well, maybe some people haven’t.

But in the end saving yourself and waiting on the right person can go a really long way…towards how much you have left to pour into that real relationship that you had been hoping for…but were too busy chasing after all the wrong stuff.

I can’t imagine sharing myself with everybody.  I have never let anybody just use me. 

I don’t know.  Maybe we should instill in our youth a sense of pride…maybe that is what they are lacking.

Enjoy your weekend.  It’s raining here…but I love it.  I love the rain.  And this morning I got a chance to step out in it and walk with the one I love…God.  It was just Him…me…and the rain.

And I definitely hope you are registered…this upcoming Presidential Election is so important.

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God bless…and thanks for reading  ©2008

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tony Sidaway  |  October 1, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    You seem to associate less sex education and condoms with lower teen pregnancy.

    According to the Guttmacher Institute (“Teen Pregnancy: Lessons learned”, Guttmacher Report on Public Policy
    February 2002, Volume 5, Number 1) Teen pregnancy rose steadily in the sixties, seventies and early eighties, but has fallen dramatically since the improved sex education and widespread use of condoms.

    More recently many teens have abstained from sex and this has resulted in a further dramatic fall in teen pregnancy rates.

  • 2. bsmith101  |  October 2, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    yes, I do associate less sex education with less teen pregnancy…because those years which you cited were years that in no regard was teen pregnancy anywhere near what it is today. People…meaning families held it as a shame and a taboo. Can you say that about today?

  • 3. Tony Sidaway  |  October 2, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I’m sorry but you’re simply wrong. The figures show that teen pregnancy is considerably lower than it was in the 1950s.


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