Critics blast NYC's anti-teen pregnancy campaign
Just read this article. And I have to admit I am kind of conflicted.
On the one hand...Studies have been done showing so many negative repercussions on children born to teen parents, as well as on the parents themselves. That isn't to say that it happens all the time. Of course not.
But just looking at statistics: 'Nearly one-third of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite early pregnancy or parenthood as a key reason. Only 40 percent of teen moms finish high school, and less than two percent of teen mothers (those who have a baby before age 18) finish college by age 30. (http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/r...hs-dropout.pdf
I am sure that most parents who decide to go back to school think it is much harder to do when you also have to worry about financially supporting a child, and meeting their needs, both physical and emotional.
What about poverty rates among teen moms? Or the fact that according to the CDC, 'The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and drop out of high school, have more health problems, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, give birth as a teenager, and face unemployment as a young adult.'
On the other hand, much of this is because of our current society and it's failures. We have shows like 'Teen Mom' that to some people kind of glorify teen pregnancy. There is also a lot to be said about sex education in school. Then you have parents who have no choice to both be at work full time, therefore less time spent with kids. And when hormonal teenagers are alone, they are more likely to do things they shouldn't, like having unprotected sex.
Now please, before people get their panties in a bunch, I'm really not wanting to be judgmental. I'm not saying that having two working parents makes them BAD parents. I'm not saying that all teen moms are high school dropouts who will raise another high school dropout. I guess I just want a change, want this ugly trend to turn around, for the sake of our society as well as my daughter who will be a teenager all too soon lol.