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Should parenting classes be part of high school education?

  • Yes it should be a part of high school education

    There is no reason why parenting classes shouldn't be part of high school education. This class helps prepare a student for parenthood and all the basic skills when one becomes a parent. It most definitely gives the students an insight into adult responsibilities, as well as taking care of a baby. I highly support this issue.

  • Why doesn't the Department of Public Instruction demand that schools provide instruction in the most important subject? PARENTING.

    Our society attempts to educate it's children so they are able to function effectively within it. With instruction in a broad range of curricula, we prepare students for whatever might come their way. All of us will agree that some of what we studied in school has been of little or no use to us. However, approximately 85% of our students will become parents. If we could "snap our fingers" and magically create a competent parental segment of our society, I'm confident that all of the problems we face, (poverty, violence, racism, breakdown of families, jobs...) would be directly, profoundly, and most positively influenced.

  • Heck yes it should

    Most people would argue that parenting is something the parents should teach their kids not the schools, but from what I hear everyday, it seems that most parents these don't know how to be a parent themselves. If schools taught children how to be a good parent, we would many more responsible parents out there and many better children as well. These classes would also reduce teen pregnancy because it would show them what having a child at their age would be like and they might not want to have children afterwards.

  • Heck yes it should

    Most people would argue that parenting is something the parents should teach their kids not the schools, but from what I hear everyday, it seems that most parents these don't know how to be a parent themselves. If schools taught children how to be a good parent, we would many more responsible parents out there and many better children as well. These classes would also reduce teen pregnancy because it would show them what having a child at their age would be like and they might not want to have children afterwards.

  • Of freaking course

    In the u.s. there is an estimate of 49 out of every 1,000 births are teenage mothers, and 1.2 million abortions a year, a parenting class could get it in the minds of teenagers that there is so much responsibility in being a parent that teenagers just don't have yet, and teach was of pregnancy prevention and sex-ed. Also the courses would have other subjects such as ways to obtain child support and government help as a single parent. This class would help guide you in parenthood and possibly in your careers.

  • Absolutely Emphatically YES

    Teens and others are getting pregnant with no idea of what it takes to be a good partner or parent. They only know what they saw in their home, which is often not good or sufficient. All other topics taught in school today pale in importance to Society's #1 issue.

  • Absolutely Emphatically YES

    Teens and others are getting pregnant with no idea of what it takes to be a good partner or parent. They only know what they saw in their home, which is often not good or sufficient. All other topics taught in school today pale in importance to Society's #1 issue.

  • Absolutely emphatically yes

    The countless agencies and organizations in each State devoted to behavioral issues of all ages are band-aid solutions. The problems being in the home with the fact that youth don't learn to be couples nor parents. Their parents only teach what they learned from their parents, and so it goes.

  • I don't see why not.

    There are two sides of this coin. Teaching high school students about being a parent may make some kids want children, but most of the time, teenagers don't like kids, they find them annoying. Cute, but annoying. With that being said, there is the exception of the few teen girls who think being a mother would be perfect for them, right away, they want a family now. What they don't think about is the toll it takes on you, physically and mentally. If you're into sports, say goodbye to those for at least a year, if not more, because you'll have a baby growing inside of you. How about work? Finding a job while pregnant isn't as easy as it seems, and keeping up with a job that requires a lot of standing and physical movement isn't easy either. How about finances? You have to pay for formula, diapers, clothing, medical expenses, food, a car seat, a crib, daycare, etc. That's adds up really fast, and most people don't have the money to just dish out for all of that, especially not student, part-time working teenagers. Now, what about your schooling? Do you want to go to college? Do you want to have a career outside of McDonald's for the rest of your life? Well then, you have to pass and graduate high school to get into college, then you have at least 2 to 4 years of college to attend to get some type of degree there for your desired job. That also costs money. A lot of money. Last, but not least, think about your social life. You won't be able to just drop everything and go out with friends to go to the movies or shopping. You won't get to just leave and be back at midnight, or the next day, or even the end of the weekend. You'll have to stay with your baby. Come home and feed it, take care of it, spend time with it. Your social life will, more than likely, dwindle down to nothing. Now, having said all of that, would you want to be a teen parent? To have little to no "fun money," to not be able to do whatever you want? I don't think so, it doesn't sound appealing to me. So, if schools would face the harsh truth of being a teen parent and show that to these kids, there might be a drastic decline in teen pregnancies, maybe even a decline in extremely underage sexual activities. I mean, seriously, what is physically attractive about a 13 year old child's body? They haven't even fully developed, if not developed at all, yet! So, yes. I think schools should teach students about teen parenting.

  • Yes, it is basic information.

    Yes, parenting classes should be a part of high school education, because it is information that most people need to know. Just like students in high school should be taught how to budget and balance a checkbook, basic information about daily living is a good use of high school time. It could prevent abuse and neglect.

  • In An Ideal World

    I do not believe parenting classes should be part of high school education. In an ideal world, high school would teach students things they will need right away, such as completing tax returns or understanding banking products. Parenthood should be thought of as something that concerns a person later in life. This is a skill high schoolers can go without.

  • Parenting classes should not be part of a high school education.

    High schools should not have parenting classes because this is not part of the traditional curriculum. Many students will not have kids ever, or they will not have them for a long time after high school. It is not right to make teenagers go through parenting classes when they are so young.

  • No!

    Parenting classes should most definitely not be a part of high school education.

    Idealistically, it seems like the better idea, however, talking realistically, this would only encourage teenage pregnancy.

    Students, in the United States, are behind on education enough as it is. Adding another—unnecessary—subject would only interfere with a child's academic success.

    We won't find the cure to cancer by educating kids of parenting; neither will we fix America's down-falling economy.

    So, no.


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